ERIC Number: ED328579
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: N/A
Selection for Journalism: An Investigation into the Validity of Procedures for a Polytechnic Course.
Croft, Cedric; Gilmore, Alison
Selection procedures for the Wellington (New Zealand) Polytechnic Journalism Program were studied. An exploratory analysis of 1983 selection data was undertaken, resulting in elimination of one selection test and establishment of a provisional cutoff for 1984 applicants. In the principal study, the following four aspects were examined: (1) selection tests; (2) the selection interview; (3) the personal information asked of applicants; and (4) the role of the written assignment required of applicants. Selection tests included: a test of general mental ability for use at the tertiary level; a story written after interviewing another candidate; and a test of listening comprehension. The pool of about 162 successful applicants from 1982 to 1984 (about 54 applicants per year) and about 150 unsuccessful applicants from 1982 to 1984 (about 50 applicants per year) formed the sample. Correlations were determined for the course grades, selection tests, and the ratings of candidates by three course instructors. Selection tests demonstrated satisfactory validity against course grades. It is suggested that the general ability test would be best complemented by a composite test sampling the skills measured by the other tests. Recommendations incorporated into the 1985 selection process and suggested for future use are discussed. Appendices provide information about students and forms used in the study. (SLD)
Descriptors: Ability Identification, Admission Criteria, College Entrance Examinations, College Students, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Intelligence Tests, Interviews, Journalism Education, Listening Comprehension, Test Validity, Writing Evaluation
New Zealand Council for Educational Research, P.O. Box 3237, Wellington, New Zealand.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Zealand Council for Educational Research, Wellington.
Identifiers: Wellington Polytechnic (New Zealand)