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ERIC Number: ED142853
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 12
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Examiner Sex, Examiner Race and Anxiety Effects on the Testing of Black School Children.
Paretti, Joseph
The controversy over the use of standardized tests with minority-group children has generally ignored the issue of examiner race and sex factors on test performance. This study investigated the effects of the race and sex of a test examiner and the anxiety level of the subjects and their achievement test performance. Examiners (E) of different races and sex administered an anxiety questionnaire and two achievement measures to a total of 268 black school children in 24 different fifth- and sixth-grade classrooms. The subjects and examiners were manipulated to form a randomized 2x2x2x3 factorial design. The main effects of subject (S) anxiety and E sex were found to be statistically significant in diminishing the performance of the subjects. Interpreted within a learning theory model, these results suggested that Ss had learned to expect negative consequences from group-testing situations and subsequently performed more poorly. On the average, Ss performed significantly lower with female Es than with male Es. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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