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ERIC Number: ED374722
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
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Cultural Literacy of a College of Education Faculty.
Stallings, William; Monaco, Malina
This study sought to analyze the cultural literacy of a college of education faculty and compare it to the cultural literacy of undergraduate and graduate students at the same institution. A 100-item instrument, based upon a New York Times book review of "Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know" (E. D. Hirsch, Jr., and others, 1987), was developed and administered to 104 faculty, 54 undergraduates, and 82 graduate students. Respondents were asked to indicate if they had a strong association with each item. The study found that the faculty reported that an average of 72 percent of the items elicited a resonance, while student responses ranged from 57 to 62 percent. The most difficult items for the faculty were eminence grise, annus mirabilis, xylem, Danton, jeremiad, and noble gas. Since Hirsch believed that high school graduates should be familiar with nearly all of the terms on the list, the study raises questions about the cultural literacy of college faculty or the expectations of Hirsch. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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