Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

1992

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Elizabeth J. Whitt

Abstract

The time students spend outside the classroom "profoundly shapes the form and quality" (Boyer, 1987, pp. 292-293) of their undergraduate experiences. Out-of-class opportunities can challenge students to broaden their educational interests, engage themselves in their own education, and learn to take responsibility for their own actions. Out-of-class opportunities also can enhance growth in students' self-confidence, leadership, empathy, social responsibility, and understanding and appreciation of cultural and intellectual differences. This study examined and described students' out-of-class involvement opportunities at a midwest liberal arts college, as well as the factors and conditions that influence involvement;The methods of inquiry for this study were qualitative. Data were collected through interviews, observations, and document analysis, with data collection and analysis conducted concurrently;The findings of this study included: (a) the campus culture is the primary influence on student involvement outside the classroom; (b) this campus culture is manifested through a very strong sense of campus community; (c) the campus environment is familiar to most students--that is, it is similar to their home environments; (d) the campus environment is homogeneous--that is, the vast majority of students are Caucasian Christians from Iowa; (e) the familiar environment and homogeneous environment have a significant influence on both the institutional culture and student culture, thus have a great influence on student involvement; (f) the student culture can perpetuate a sense of passivity in its students; (g) the institutional culture does not sufficiently challenge students.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-9634

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Jerry Mark Price

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI9335044

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

302 pages

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