Values Systems: What Differentiates Students with a “High” from those with a “Low” Sense of Meaning?

  • Solomon Makola
  • Henriëtte Van den Berg

Abstract

The current study aims to demonstrate how creative, experiential, and attitudinal values can be applied in an education setting. Its overarching objective is to determine whether there are differences between the value systems of students who scored high on the PIL from those who scored low. A stratified sample of two groups, 10 students with high PIL-scores and 10 students with low PIL-scores, was selected from 101 participants. Semi-structured interviews were used to gather information.
A computer software package (NUD*IST) was used to analyse the interviews. The results of the current study revealed that value systems of students who scored high on the Purpose in Life Test (PIL) differ from those who scores low. What is distinctive about participants with higher PIL scores is that they see meaning in their studies, are more interested in providing service, and they maintain positive attitudes. On the contrary participants who scored low on the PIL don’t see meaning in their studies, are more interested in money and status, and they tend to hold negative attitudes.
How to Cite
MAKOLA, Solomon; VAN DEN BERG, Henriëtte. Values Systems: What Differentiates Students with a “High” from those with a “Low” Sense of Meaning?. International Journal of Existential Positive Psychology, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 2, june 2008. ISSN 1708-1696. Available at: <http://journal.existentialpsychology.org/index.php/ExPsy/article/view/124>. Date accessed: 22 nov. 2019.