Date Approved

5-4-2004

Embargo Period

4-27-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Klanderman, John

Second Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Subject(s)

College attendance--New Jersey; College students--New Jersey--Attitudes

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this investigation was to (a) determine the motivational factors of students attending Camden County College in Blackwood and to (b) determine if their cultural background played a part in them choosing collective or individualistic reasons to attend. One hundred students were surveyed. Each student was given a survey of 16 questions, eight questions measured individualism and eight measured collectivism. A one-way MANOVA found that the students from Camden County College demonstrated individualistic characteristics regardless of race. The average responses for going to college were more individualistic than hypothesized However, Latinos and African Americans still scored higher on collectivist traits. Other significant factors such as parental level of education are discussed. This study backs up findings that most students who attend community college are first generation college students. These students face additional barriers that others may not. This study will address ways to handle these barriers and discuss the importance of having the right support system.

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