ERIC Number: ED334240
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-May
Reference Count: N/A
Survey of Political Science Department Chairs on the Exploration of the Customization of the Major Field Achievement Test in Political Science. Final Report.
Burns, Richard L.
In an exploration of customizing the Major Field Achievement Test in Political Science (MFATPS), developed by the Educational Testing Service, a questionnaire was sent to the heads of political science and joint departments which offer a bachelor's degree in Political Science. A total of 1,017 departments were surveyed in January 1990; 293 department heads (29%) responded. The three alternative customization approaches presented were: (1) use of the present MFATPS; (2) the current test plus three optional modules in subareas of United States politics; and (3) a revised multiple-choice test plus four supplemental modules. Respondents were asked to state which alternative was preferable, how much use could be expected, and what developmental work might be required. Results do not clearly support the need for or attractiveness of either of the customization models, suggesting retention of the present test. Eighteen tables illustrate the sample and responses. Twelve appendices provide supplemental information, largely concerning the conduct of the survey. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Identifiers: Major Field Achievement Test in Political Science; Test Customization