Differences between values of Australian Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students

Fogarty, Gerard J. and White, Colin (1994) Differences between values of Australian Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 25 (3). pp. 394-408. ISSN 0022-0221


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[Abstract]: In this study, the Values Questionnaire developed by Schwartz and Bilsky (1987, 1990) was
used to examine differences in the values held by a group of Aboriginal university students (N=112) and a group of non-Aboriginal students (N=106) studying at an Australian
university. Results indicated that the Aboriginal group placed greater emphasis on values associated with Tradition, Conformity and Security and significantly less emphasis on values associated with Achievement, Self-direction, Stimulation, Hedonism and Benevolence. These
data, in conjunction with a separate analysis of the ten highest ranked values for each group, support the view that the main differences between the groups lie in values serving collective (Aboriginal) as opposed to individual (non-Aboriginal) interests. These findings are consistent with previous research (eg. Christie, 1987) on the world view of traditional Aboriginal people and suggest that even among younger, more 'Westernised', representatives of this culture, collective values are likely to be strong determinants of behaviour.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Auithor's version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publsiher.
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: higher education, university, indigenous students, Australian Aboriginals, Australian Aboriginal students, Aboriginal students, non-Aboriginal students, differences, values, Values Questionnaire, collective values
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
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/963

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