ERIC Number: ED024610
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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Incremental Validity of a Semantic Differential Instrument for Predicting Science Achievement in Community Colleges.
Milligan, Frank Goeffrey
Studied were a science oriented semantic differential instrument and its potential as a predictor of academic achievement in community college science courses. The sample consisted of 834 freshmen from two New York community colleges. A multiple correlation technique for assessing the instruments potential as a predictor was employed. Variables used were (1) high school average, (2) New York State Regents Scholarship Examination subscores, and (3) the semantic differential scores. A detailed analysis of the semantic-differential instrument is discussed in the text of the study. This analysis indicates that the instrument measures a characteristic other than aptitude or achievement. Results indicate that although high school average is the best single predictor of achievement in community college science courses, the semantic differential instrument may also be helpful. (BC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Attitudes, College Freshmen, College Science, Community Colleges, Doctoral Dissertations, Evaluation, Prediction, Science Curriculum, Semantic Differential, Student Attitudes, Tests
University Microfilms, 300 North Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103 (Order No. 68-12451, Microfilm $3.00, Xerography $8.20).
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Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Buffalo.
Identifiers: Monroe Community College NY; New York; New York (Niagara Falls); Niagara County Community College NY