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ERIC Number: ED010699
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Apr-5
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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EVALUATING PROGRAMMED TEST INTERPRETATION USING EMOTIONAL AROUSAL AS A CRITERION.
FORSTER, JERALD R.
THE QUESTION AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THE EMOTIONAL ASPECTS OF TEST INTERPRETATION MAKE IT INAPPROPRIATE FOR PROGRAMED METHODS WAS EXAMINED BY TWO METHODS OF TEST RESULT COMMUNICATION--PROGRAMED MATERIALS AND VERBAL COMMUNICATION BY A COUNSELOR. DEPENDENT VARIABLES WERE MEASURES OF EMOTIONAL AROUSAL RECORDED BY SKIN CONDUCTANCE UNITS AND THE GAIN IN SELF-ESTIMATION OCCURRING AS A RESULT OF THE TEST INTERPRETATION. ONE-HALF OF 56 MALE FRESHMEN SAMPLED FROM THE POPULATION OF OVERACHIEVERS, UNDERACHIEVERS, AND PREDICTABLE ACHIEVERS WERE RANDOMLY ASSIGNED TO THE PROGRAM METHOD, AND ONE-HALF ASSIGNED TO THE COUNSELOR INTERVIEW METHOD. ACCURACY IN SELF-ESTIMATION OF OVERACHIEVING AND UNDERACHIEVING BY PROGRAMED MATERIALS WAS SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER THAN BY COUNSELOR INTERVIEW. UNDERACHIEVER'S AND PREDICTABLE ACHIEVER'S AROUSAL WAS LOWER THAN THE OVERACHIEVER (WHO MAY FEEL THREATENED) WHEN TEST RESULTS WERE COMMUNICATED BY COUNSELORS. STUDENTS WHO COULD ACCURATELY ESTIMATE THEIR APTITUDE CITED THE SAME COMMERCIALLY PREPARED, SELF-INTERPRETATION MATERIALS. THE AUTHOR CAUTIONS SCHOOL PERSONNEL TO BE AWARE OF A STUDENT'S CONCEPTION OF HIS ABILITY BEING BASED ON THE RESULTS OF ONE COMMERCIAL TEST THAT PROVIDES SELF-INTERPRETATION. THIS SPEECH WAS PREPARED FOR THE AMERICAN PERSONNEL AND GUIDANCE ASSOCIATION CONVENTION (WASHINGTON, D.C., SESSION 217, APRIL 5, 1967). (JH)
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Authoring Institution: American Personnel and Guidance Association, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA