ERIC Number: ED205347
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep-25
Reference Count: 0
Some Contrasts Between Indian and Non-Indian GED Examinees.
Whitney, Douglas R.
In an attempt to draw valid conclusions concerning the ways in which American Indian/Alaskan Natives who took the General Educational Development (GED) Tests differed from the non-Indian examinee population, questionnaire responses of 319 candidates who identified themselves as American Indians/Alaskan Natives were compared with those of 11,583 examinees who marked one of the other race/ethnic options. Data indicated that, except for the preparations made for taking the GED Tests, Indian/Alaskan Native and non-Indian examinees shared a similar pattern of background, schooling, and reading habits. Generally, a higher proportion of Indian examinees reported participating in classes intended to improve the abilities reflected on the GED Tests. Indian examinees also tended to spend a greater number of hours in preparation for the tests. From the results reported, it was not clear whether the more extensive preparation taken by Indian examinees was warranted by unmeasured differences in background or level of educational development. Furthermore, it was not clear from the results whether the additional preparation taken by Indian examinees was related to the scores subsequently earned on the GED Tests. Sample questionnaires used in the study, part of a larger study of 1980 GED candidates, were appended. (CM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Age Groups, Alaska Natives, American Indian Education, American Indians, Comparative Analysis, Educational Testing, Employment Patterns, Ethnic Groups, High School Equivalency Programs, Language Skills, Place of Residence, Racial Differences, Reading Habits, Sex Differences, Socioeconomic Background, Study Habits, Test Wiseness
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC. General Educational Development Testing Service.
Identifiers: General Educational Development Tests
Note: Paper presented at the National Indian Adult Education Association Conference (Bottle Hollow Resort, UT, September 25, 1980).