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Keeping an Open Mind: Self-Examination and the College Experience. Thomas Geaghan Office of Institutional Research Case Western Reserve University Presentation at the 2009 Research ShowCASE. Abstract.
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Office of Institutional Research
Case Western Reserve University
Presentation at the 2009 Research ShowCASE
The purpose of this study is to examine how keeping an open mind contributes to the college experience and whether gender acts as a moderator in the relationship between open-mindedness and learning outcomes. Each spring, from 2005 to 2007, first-year students were invited to participate in the National Survey of Student Engagement. As part of this survey, students were asked three questions assessing their openness to new ideas and the ideas of others (reflective learning). A Two-Step Cluster Analysis conducted on these three items revealed two distinct groups of students: high-open-minded students (N = 522) and low-open-minded students (N=650). These two groups did not differ in terms of gender, ethnicity, or SAT scores. High-open-minded students reported significantly greater gains in four learning outcomes (personal/social development, practical competence, general education, and diversity of experiences). Similarly, the high-open-minded group was significantly more satisfied with the educational experience at Case and were more likely to say they would still choose to attend Case if given the opportunity again. Results of the moderation analysis revealed that gender acted as a moderator for the relationship between open-mindedness and social development, practical competence, and choosing to attend Case again. Specifically, there was a significantly stronger relationship between open-mindedness and learning outcomes/satisfaction for men than for women.
Outcome Measures – Learning Outcomes
Outcome Measures – Learning Outcomes, Continued
Outcome Measures – Student Satisfaction
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