Using the Personal Orientation Inventory to measure change in student self-actualisation

Fogarty, Gerard J. (1994) Using the Personal Orientation Inventory to measure change in student self-actualisation. Personality and Individual Differences, 17 (3). pp. 435-439. ISSN 0191-8869


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[Abstract]: Access and Equity students meet the requirements of being disadvantaged in some geographical, physical, or financial sense and thus gain entrance to
higher education in the absence of normal admission criteria. Aside from educational profile, little is known about other characteristics of this group
which may affect performance in a higher educational setting. In this study, Shostrom's (1980) Personal Orientation Inventory (POI), developed to measure factors related to self-actualisation, was administered to a group of 74
Access and Equity students undertaking a university preparatory studies
programme. Results showed that at the commencement of the course, the
group profile was typical of what Shostrom would describe as a non-selfactualised group. At the end of the programme, however, the profile had shifted towards normal with significant improvements in the areas of Selfacceptance
and Spontaneity. The study leaves little doubt that this category of students differs in important ways from the normal student body. It also
demonstrates that initial feelings of doubt and inadequacy can be modified quite quickly with the right sort of preparation.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:32
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: Personal Orientation Inventory, measure, measures, measurement, student, students, Access and Equity students, self-actualisation, higher education, university
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/0191-8869(94)90290-9

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