Master's Theses

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Date of Award

Summer 1962

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Psychology

Advisor

Stanley C. Mahoney

Abstract

This thesis reports research concerning the attitudes of students toward seeking help from an instructor outside of regular classroom sessions. The following hypotheses were tested: (1) there will be a positive relationship between the student's academic achievement level and the degree to which he perceives seeking help from an instructor outside of class as complex, and (2) there will be a positive relationship between the student's academic achievement level and the degree to which he perceives seeking help from an instructor outside of class as desirable and beneficial. The population for this research was 216 freshman women who were living in the women's dormitories at Fort Hays Kansas State College at the time of the investigation. The following areas were investigated: (a) the complexity with which the student perceives seeking help from an instructor, (b) the degree with which the student perceives seeking help from the instructor as desirable and beneficial, and (c) the degree with which the student perceives his peers seeking help from instructors. These areas of investigation were studied in their relationship with academic achievement level, operationally defined as grade point average. Both hypotheses were supported, the data being statistically significant beyond the .01 level of confidence. Other interesting data were obtained and discussed; further areas of research were suggested.

Rights

Copyright 1962 Dale L. Jones

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