Master's Theses

Date of Award

Spring 1993

Degree Name

Education Specialist (Ed.S)


Advanced Education Programs


Robert Markley


Literature pertaining to college transition has identified social integration as an important component to persistence decisions (Christie & Dinham, 1991). This study examined the relationship between cognitive development and social integration in college freshmen from the perspective of Personal Construct Theory. In a transitional process, such as entering college for the first time, individuals are faced with a disintegration of their social network. While freshmen are still in a process of cognitive development, they are also in a process of reconstruction. Sixteen students were evaluated at the beginning and at the end of their first semester in college. A high percentage of students in one stage of cognitive development hindered comparisons between groups. The results suggested that most of the students identified more with their peers than with adults regardless of their stage of cognitive development.


Copyright 1993 Jeanne Wood Mann


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