Departmental Bulletin Paper 居場所から考える適応感の変化--新入生を対象として

村中, 泰子

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In dissecting a recent issue of increasing university dropout rates, it is essential to understand the adaptability of first-year students to their university environment. The purposes of this study were as follows: to evaluate any changes in the adaptability of first-year students, to explore if the university accommodated students with “ibasho”, which in Japanese means a place of own, to examine whether the differences in adaptation could rise from different levels of satisfaction with their university prior to admission. Fifty-three university freshmen in the first survey and thirty-six from the same pool in the second took tests for the subjective adjustment scale for adolescents (Okubo, 2005) , provided their whereabouts on campus in the past one week, and ranked their university from their list of universities they considered attending. Our analysis showed that compared to the first semester, some components of factor scores in the subjective adjustment scale increased in the second semester. Interestingly, students who accepted their university as their first choice showed decreased “sense of comfort” on campus during the second semester. There was no clear correlation between the time spent in the university and the adaptability of students.
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