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ERIC Number: ED426933
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Sep
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
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Assessment of Learning in the American Government Course: Results from a Pre-Test/Post-Test Methodology.
Wetstein, Matt
A study explored rates of learning and political interest among students in the "Introduction to American Government" course at a community college. The study was sparked by calls for program review and outcomes assessment that are commonplace on contemporary American campuses. The study featured a pretest/posttest methodology and required students to fill out a 23-question survey of political knowledge and participation at the start and finish of the semester-long course. Results provide benchmarks for comparison and validate increasing levels of knowledge and interest in politics over the duration of the semester. The survey scores improved, on average, by 10% at the end of the semester, without any prompting that a test was forthcoming. More importantly, questions measuring interest and participation in politics also suggested an increased willingness on the part of the students to follow politics. Moreover, differences in scores between men and women that appeared at the start of the semester were no longer evident at the end of the semester, suggesting that the course may have had its most profound impact on changing levels of knowledge and interest among female students. Overall, findings suggest that students depart the course with an increased understanding of core political concepts and facts and express a greater interest in following political affairs and engaging in political activities. (Contains 7 tables of data, 4 notes, and 11 references.) (Author/BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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