ERIC Number: ED100741
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Validity of Social Studies and Citizenship Exercising--Task 2. Final Report.
Hunkins, Francis P.
This report represents part of an investigation coordinated by a special Steering Committee working under the auspices of the National Council for the Social Studies. The purpose of Task 2 was to review independently the National Assessment of Educational Progress Social Studies and Citizenship exercises as to the extent to which confidence could be placed in them. The major criterion for this confidence was the degree to which the test exercises have content validity or the degree to which the exercises are a direct measure of the objectives developed for the assessment. Secondary criteria included whether the exercises could be utilized as models by teachers in developing their own evaluation instruments, cognitive and affective levels, age appropriateness, and appropriateness of the situation in which the exercises were administered. The results indicated that of the 194 exercises prepared for social studies, 85 percent (164) were considered valid. The majority of exercises were of proper age and difficulty level, although a few were too difficult for 9-year-olds and too easy for upper age levels. Of the 152 exercises prepared for citizenship, 93 or 61 percent were considered valid. Only 55 percent of the exercises could be utilized as models by teachers while most valid exercises were of proper age and difficulty level. As a whole the citizenship exercises did not measure up as well as the social studies exercises. (DE) Primary type of information provided by report: Results (Interpretation).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Authoring Institution: National Council for the Social Studies, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress