Award Date

5-2009

Degree Type

Thesis

Department

Educational Leadership

First Committee Member

Cecilia Maldonado-Daniels, Chair

Second Committee Member

Sterling Saddler

Third Committee Member

Clifford McClain

Number of Pages

81

Abstract

With shrinking budgets and a need to demonstrate accountability to legislaturesand boards of higher education, retention rates of students have been utilized byinstitutions of higher education to demonstrate their effectiveness and value. Thepurpose of this descriptive, exploratory study was to determine if specific personalitytypes as identified by the Self-Directed Search (SDS) were more successful in completingan EMT-Basic course at the local community. Secondary data, collected as a pilot for thepurpose of improving program retention, was based on information gathered fromstudents (n=47) enrolled in an EMT-Basic class over the course of one semester wheresuccess rates were tracked in accordance with each students' occupational code asdetermined by the SDS. Social (S) and Realistic (R) types were the most predominantHolland code pairing and this group of students had a significantly higher pass rate thanother codes of this group.

Keywords

College dropouts — Prevention; Emergency medicine – Study and teaching; Personality; Personality assessment; Typology (Psychology)

Disciplines

Education | Educational Psychology | Student Counseling and Personnel Services

Language

English

Comments

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