ERIC Number: ED310468
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
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The "Watson-Barker Listening Test" for High School Students.
Halay, Kathryn; Roberts, Charles V.
The high school version of the Watson-Barker Listening Test was developed in response to the need for a listening test appropriate for high school students. The test was comprised of conversations that would normally occur in either the high school setting or in the home and was developed in two different versions. The test consists of five sections each of which has ten questions, based on two or more stimuli. The sample included 397 high school students from around the country (218 females and 179 males) aged 13-18, who were asked to complete one or both forms of the test. Males scored consistently lower than females on all parts of each form of the test, a difference in keeping with previously reported gender differences. The standard deviations on all parts, and the total scores, were lower than those reported for the adult video version of the Watson-Barker Listening Test. Although there was great variability among the testing sites, tremendous differences among the subjects, differences in motivation in subjects, and less than rigorous application of standard empirical control during much of the testing, the alternative forms of the test still were found to be significantly correlated, with each form capable of predicting a significant amount of the variation in the alternative form. (Four tables of data are included.) (MG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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