ERIC Number: ED347095
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Literature & U.S. History: The Instructional Experience and Factual Knowledge of High School Juniors. The Nation's Report Card.
Applebee, Arthur N.; And Others
The national survey reported in this document focused on 11th grade students' knowledge of literature and U.S. history. While approximately two-thirds of the history questions were answered correctly, performance on the literature assessment was slightly lower, perhaps because some questions were asked about authors and literary works not included in high school curricula. Results indicate that students are more likely to remember information about topics in which they have a particular interest or that are related to their cultural background. Patterns of course work are directly related to students' knowledge of history and literature. Students' knowledge levels in both subject areas are affected by the number of topics previously studied and how recently the course was studied. Instruction in U.S. history tends to reflect traditional teaching approaches, while literature instruction tends to be differentiated in terms of students' academic tracks. Appendices contain an explanation of the research procedures and the literature and history assessment data. Numerous tables are included. (JHP)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Curriculum Evaluation, Grade 11, High Schools, Instructional Effectiveness, Knowledge Level, Literature, National Surveys, Research Projects, Student Evaluation, United States History
National Assessment of Educational Progress, Educational Testing Service, Rosedale Road, Princeton, NJ 08541-0001.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress