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How College Seniors Perceive Their World

Barrows, Thomas S.; Clark, John L. D.; Klein, Stephen F.
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ETS Research Report
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College Students, Global Understanding Project, International Relations, Student Attitudes, Surveys


Students graduating from U.S. colleges in 1980 live in a world whose elements are increasingly interdependent. Are these educated world citizens prepared to understand the interactions of nations in an interdependent world? Do they apprehend world problems from a catholic, multidisciplinary point of view, and can they note and appreciate the immense complexity of the problems in both cause and effect? Do they perceive the extent to which individual lives, including their own, are affected by global or international conditions, and do any historical perspectives guide their understanding? In February 1980, Educational Testing Service, having received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the U.S. Department of Education, surveyed a nationally representative random sample of over 3,000 students at two-year and four-year colleges. This paper describes partial results for the sample of seniors. Forthcoming reports will provide full results for freshmen, seniors, and students at two-year institutions. (46pp.)

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