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ERIC Number: ED017719
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Oct
Pages: 126
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Reference Count: 0
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AN ANALYSIS OF THE EFFECT OF THE HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM UPON COLLEGE ACHIEVEMENT.
ASHCRAFT, MARION GILBERT
THE PRINCIPAL OBJECTIVE OF THIS STUDY WAS TO DETERMINE THE EFFECTS OF 2 DIFFERENT HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUMS, COLLEGE PREPARATORY AND NONCOLLEGE PREPARATORY, ON COLLEGE ACHIEVEMENT. HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPTS OF 906 ENTERING FRESHMEN, RANKED ON THE BASIS OF THE PERCENTAGE OF COLLEGE PREPARATORY COURSES INCLUDED, WERE DIVIDED AT THE FIRST AND THIRD QUARTILES. GROUP A INCLUDED 228 TRANSCRIPTS WHICH INDICATED AT LEAST 73 PERCENT COLLEGE PREPARATORY COURSES AND GROUP B INCLUDED 226 WHICH INDICATED LESS THAN 59 PERCENT OF SUCH COURSES. COLLEGE GRADE POINT AVERAGES WERE ANALYZED FOR COMBINED AND FOR SEPARATED MALE AND FEMALE SAMPLES FOR EIGHT CONSECUTIVE SEMESTERS OF COLLEGE WITH THE AMERICAN COLLEGE TEST COMPOSITE SCORE AS THE STATISTICAL CONTROL OF ABILITY. ON THE BASIS OF THIS SCORE, GROUP A EXCELLED GROUP B, BUT WHEN SCORES WERE ADJUSTED TO A COMMON MEAN, NO SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE EXISTED FOR ACHIEVEMENT, THE COLLEGE ENTERED, OR SEX. AN ANALYSIS OF VARIANCE OF COLLEGE GRADE POINT AVERAGE ON MALE AND FEMALE SUBSAMPLES SHOWED THAT SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCES OF ABILITY EXISTED BETWEEN THE TWO GROUPS BUT ACHIEVEMENT WAS NOT SIGNIFICANTLY DIFFERENT FOR THE LAST SIX SEMESTERS. THE DATA TENDED TO INDICATE THAT THE HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM WAS NOT HIGHLY CRITICAL BUT THAT GENERAL INTELLIGENCE AND NONINTELLECTIVE FACTORS WERE MORE DECISIVE TO COLLEGE ACHIEVEMENT. THE DATA COLLECTION INSTRUMENT, TABULAR DATA, AND A BIBLIOGRAPHY ARE INCLUDED. (EM)
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Authoring Institution: New Mexico Occupational Research and Development Coordinating Unit, Santa Fe.; New Mexico State Univ., Las Cruces.
Identifiers: NEW MEXICO