TITLE

Marijuana As Social Common Denominator: Reconsidering the Use and Academic Success Relationship

AUTHOR(S)
Miller, J. Mitchell
PUB. DATE
November 2000
SOURCE
Humanity & Society;Nov2000, Vol. 24 Issue 4, p338
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article is an effort to assess the effects of marijuana on not just academic performance, but also, the graduate school experience. It is the purpose of this paper to explore the effects of marijuana use on: 1) educational success, as measured by the traditional, objective, singular indicator of grade point average, and 2) academic experience in the context of adult higher education. The present study was designed to explore the effects of marijuana use on educational experience and success in the context of adult post-baccalaureate degree-seeking programs. The choice of a qualitative rather than quantitative evaluation design was based on realities of the research domain: small sample size, limited availability of matching criteria and, foremost, the desire to explore the effects of marijuana use on subjective educational experience as well as the traditional objective measure of grade point average, which certainly limits definitions of success for some. In addition to comparing per semester and overall degree grade point averages between an experimental marijuana using group and a comparison non-using group, unstructured interviews were conducted with subjects from the user group at various points throughout their degree programs.
ACCESSION #
13963823

 

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