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Thesis (M.A.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1968. Department of Educational Psychology and Measurements.


Copyright 1968, the author. Used by permission.


This study was undertaken to determine what effects the potentiality Development Project has had on the high school students and their parents in relation to their attitude and ideas concerning a college education.The Potentiality Development Project is a program designed to aid underprivileged high school youth realize their optimum potentialities through a college education.

The study group included the 32 high school students who were involved in the program when this study was initiated, and their parents. The hypothesis presented by the author was that the project had influenced the students’ educational and vocational plans toward a college oriented field for a higher percentage of the students than would otherwise have occurred without the project.

The educational, financial, and family backgrounds of each student were of such a nature that, in all probability, without some positive program of intervention the student would have developed a negative attitude toward attending college.It was necessary, then to collect data pertinent to the students’ and parents’ attitudes toward college education to determine if there has been any significant positive alteration of these attitudes.

The method used to obtain such data was the personal interview.Both the students and the parents were interviewed individually.The responses obtained during the interview were recorded and later typed onto the interview report form.

The author presented several conclusions from this study one being that there was some general consensus that the student had received some positive benefit from the project either in terms of college preparation or in terms of personal fulfillment.

Advisor: Donald O. Clifton