Cognitive change in freshmen at Immaculata College

Charles H Hagan, University of Pennsylvania


This study is a longitudinal study of cognitive change in women at a small woman's liberal arts college. The study follows two groups of Immaculata freshmen composed of thirty-eight and twenty-one students respectively over the course of a single academic year using the Descriptive Tests of Language Skills in conjunction with locally developed student and faculty surveys to assess changes in basic skills and their relationship to student study and classroom activities. The study makes use of multiple regressions and regression analysis to examine the results. Of the eight activities usually identified in the Literature as promoting cognitive change, only the pretest proved to be significant in the study. The major limitation of the study was the size of the sample group. The results suggested the need for a more focused study involving hundreds of students at more than a single institution. The study further suggested the possibility of collecting data from students over a longer time period than one year at several different intervals.

Subject Area

Educational evaluation|Curricula|Teaching|Higher education|Womens studies|Developmental psychology|Educational psychology

Recommended Citation

Hagan, Charles H, "Cognitive change in freshmen at Immaculata College" (2002). Dissertations available from ProQuest. AAI3043883.