ERIC Number: ED227064
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Feb-23
Reference Count: 0
Ascertaining Learning Needs of Students Entering an Upper Level Teacher Education Program.
Korth, Willard; Ferrero, Grace
An educational testing program at the University of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania), developed for juniors entering its school of education, evaluates their characteristics, the nature and extent of subject matter weaknesses, the need for and nature of remediation, and the relation of subject matter and basic skill achievement to success in methods courses. Three standardized tests are used: (1) the Nelson-Denny Reading Test, which provides standardized scores on vocabulary and reading comprehension, accompanied by tests in oral English and writing; (2) the Sequential Tests of Educational Progress (STEP) II Science Test, which determines general scientific literacy; and (3) the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, which assesses students' competency in skills needed to teach children social science. A fourth test was developed to assess competency in mathematics taught in the elementary school. Additional standard tests are used to measure students' attitudes toward classroom control, orientation toward reinforcement, and cognitive skills. A report is given on the data obtained from testing 123 prospective education majors, including a narrative analysis and illustrative tables. The value of the testing program in determining where remedial work is needed is discussed. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of Pittsburgh PA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (Detroit, MI, February 23, 1983).