ERIC Number: ED229435
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Relationships of Attitudes toward Multiple-Choice Tests and Convergent Production, Divergent Production, and Risk-Taking.
Horber, Dorothy T.; Geisinger, Kurt F.
The present research investigated the claim that certain intellectual characteristics predict attitudes toward multiple-choice tests, particularly the claim that creative persons hold negative attitudes toward these tests. The study examined the relationships between attitudes toward multiple-choice tests and convergent production, divergent production, and risk-taking. Attitudes toward multiple-choice tests were assessed by the Attitudes Toward Testing Scale, which consisted of 20 Likert-type items. Measures of convergent production included the Remote Associates Test and Guilford's New Uses Test. As measures of divergent production, the study employed Guilford's Ideational Fluency and Consequences Tests. The Risk-Taking Scale from the Jackson Personality Inventory and two items from the Choice Dilemmas Questionnaire were selected as measures of risk-taking. Pearson correlation coefficients were computed between the Attitudes Toward Testing Scale and all measures for women and men. Data analysis indicated that only Consequences-Remote was significantly and negatively related to the Attitude Scale, and only for women. The findings are discussed in relation to criticisms of multiple-choice tests. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Attitudes Toward Testing Scale; Risk Taking; Tyranny of Testing
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (67th, Montreal, Quebec, April 11-15, 1983).