ERIC Number: ED409057
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Using the Test of Understanding in College Economics (TUCE III) To Evaluate GCC's Macroeconomics Course: An Analysis and Subsequent Assessment.
Petrowsky, Michael C.
In spring 1996, Arizona's Glendale Community College (GCC) undertook an evaluation of an introductory macroeconomics course using the national Test of Understanding in College Economics (TUCE III). Specifically, the study sought to determine how GCC student outcomes compared to national results on the TUCE III and if the college's macroeconomics course made a statistical difference on student scores between the pre-course and post-course tests. The TUCE III pre-test was administered to students in three sections of the macroeconomic course during the first week of class, while the post-test was administered as a final exam. Study results, based on outcomes for 63 students who took both the pre- and post-tests, included the following: (1) the mean pre-test score for GCC students was 8.96, very close to the national norm of 9.18; (2) the mean score on the post-test for GCC students was 13.57, indicating that the course did make a significant difference in student TUCE III scores; (3) GCC students' mean post-test score was also not significantly different from the national mean of 14.31; and (4) although the TUCE III was found to provide valuable data, it was recommended that it not be used on a regular basis at GCC due to issues related to grading, the underrepresentation of community colleges in the national sample, and other issues. The test instrument, national pre- and post-test results, tables of score comparisons, and an examiners manual are appended. (TGI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Glendale Community Coll., AZ.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Test of Understanding in College Economics