Behavioral Science Goes to College

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1962, Vol 7(11), 393-395. Reviews the book, The American College: A Psychological and Social Interpretation of the Higher Learning by Nevitt Sanford (Ed.) (see record 1962-08152-000). This book clearly demonstrates the usefulness to the social scientist of conducting studies on higher education as a means of obtaining new and significant data, which can lead both to the testing of existing generalizations and to the formulation of new insights into social processes and structures. Nevertheless, administrators and faculty members can be greatly aided in discharging their responsibilities by reading this book. The chapters are written in different styles and present a variety of perspectives. It cannot be read as a treatise on higher education, nor as an encyclopedia of facts and generalizations. This book cannot be reviewed as a closely-reasoned, sequentially developed presentation of a central theme or body of knowledge. The fault may lie in the editorial process. In the strict sense, this volume has not been edited; it has been assembled. It is therefore uneven in quality, sometimes repetitious, occasionally trivial. With tighter focus, clearer definition of themes, its merits and timeliness would have emerged. The enterprise of higher education needs the best that its own products can give it. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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