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Improving the Decision-Making Skills of Secondary School Students, 1992-1993: [Eugene, Oregon] (ICPSR 2361) RSS

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Summary:

This study presents a profile of secondary school students' knowledge and attitudes about decision-making. Data were collected from middle school, high school, and college students in the Eugene, Oregon, area via self-completion questionnaires, between October 1992 and April 1993. Given the opportunity to appear in a television ad, respondents were asked to characterize the factors that would influence their decision to participate. Factors included similar past experiences, input from family members and friends, expected return from participating, other commitments, future goals, and personal feelings. Those queried were then asked which factors would influence whether they had a positive or negative experience, such as the amount of thought they put into the decision, whether there was enough information available to make a good decision, and whether it worked out. In addition, each cohort was asked further questions. Part 1, Spencer Butte Middle School Data, contains data from 113 7th-grade students, collected during the month of October 1992. Respondents were asked what came to their minds when asked to think about "decision-making". Those queried were given five scenarios, such as being asked to join friends for a late movie and being asked to help a friend with homework, and were asked how they would respond in each situation. Background information on respondents includes sex. Part 2, Sheldon High School Data, contains data from 224 9th-grade students, collected during January 1993. Part 3, International High School Data, contains data from 88 9th-grade students, collected during January 1993. Respondents in both Parts 2 and 3 completed the same survey instrument. Those queried were given five scenarios, such as spending money received as a gift to purchase a CD player or going on a three-week trip to Africa, and asked how they would respond in each situation. Respondents were asked which factors would influence their decision to accept an after-school job offer. Those queried were also asked how they would advise a friend to spend their spring break, studying or traveling. Respondents were asked to describe one big decision that they had made that semester. Background information on respondents includes sex, current employment status, and past employment experience. Part 4, University of Oregon Data, contains data from 70 student respondents collected during April 1993. Respondents were asked to assess their own decision-making skills, the amount of important decisions they made, and their attitudes toward decision-making, including the influence of others on the decision-making process and whether they liked decisions to be made for them. Background information on respondents includes sex.

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DS1:  Spencer Butte Middle School Data - Download All Files (1.3 MB)
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DS2:  Sheldon High School Data - Download All Files (1.3 MB)
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DS3:  International High School Data - Download All Files (1.3 MB)
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DS4:  University of Oregon Data - Download All Files (1.3 MB)
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Study Description

Citation

Gregory, Robin. IMPROVING THE DECISION-MAKING SKILLS OF SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS, 1992-1993: [EUGENE, OREGON]. ICPSR version. Eugene, OR: Decision Research [producer], 1993. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1999. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02361.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   advertising, decision making, influence, secondary education, student attitudes, students, television

Geographic Coverage:   Eugene, Oregon, United States

Data Collection Notes:

(1) This collection has not been processed by ICPSR staff. ICPSR is distributing the data and documentation for this collection in essentially the same form in which they were received. When appropriate, hardcopy documentation has been converted to machine-readable form and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity. (2) The codebook, data collection instruments, and frequencies are provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided through the ICPSR Website on the Internet.

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  • 2006-01-18 File CB2361.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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