ERIC Number: ED327480
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
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The Comparative Academic Abilities of Students in Education and in Other Areas of a Multi-Focus University.
Wood, Peter H.
The records of 7,499 college students were examined to determine if the Nelson Denny Reading Test (NDRT) scores, high school or college grades, high school rank or ACT composite scores differed across 8 colleges or major student groups at a midwestern state university. Arts and science students and music students tended to produce slightly higher NDRT scores, with music, arts and sciences, and business students producing slightly higher ACT composite scores. Undecided students tended to produce lower scores and ranks. Differences across majors tended to exceed differences within four similar majors that were offered by two colleges. When 1,579 education students were compared with noneducation students, the education students tended to produce higher high school grades, high school class ranks, and college grades while producing somewhat lower SAT and ACT math scores. When education students were subdivided into those in teacher preparation programs and those in various associated but nonteacher programs, no major changes in the previous results were produced. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: American College Testing Program; Nelson Denny Reading Tests; Scholastic Aptitude Test