ERIC Number: ED100742
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
An Analysis of a Selected Set of Exercises from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, Social Studies 1971-1972: Knowledge of Institutions--Task 3. Final Report.
Cox, C. Benjamin
The Task 2 report, representing part of an investigation coordinated by a committee working under the auspices of the National Council for the Social Studies, provides an analysis of the responses to a selected set of 48 exercises within the NAEP for Social Studies. One section of the exercises deals with the knowledge of structural elements of government institutions, while the second set deals with the knowledge of rights and duties within these institutions. The analysis involves the breakdown of data by ages 9, 13, 17, and adult; northeast, southeast, central, and west regions of the U.S.; two sexes; white and black races; four levels of parents' education; and seven size and type of community categories. The results indicate the lowest level of knowledge at age 9 and the highest level of knowledge at age 17, and show that those persons in all age levels whose parents went to college, persons who live in relative affluence, persons who live in the northeast part of the country, males at age 17 and as adults, and whites at all ages are most able in all categories of assessment. Conversely, those persons whose parents never went beyond the eighth grade, persons who live in the inner city, persons who live in the southeast part of the country, females, and blacks do not score as well on the exercises as do persons in most other categories. One drawback of the assessment is that it provides only descriptive data and does not account for the differences in the results. Tentative analysis and hypotheses for the differences are presented by the author. (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