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ERIC Number: ED523696
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 50
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
Measurement of New Attributes for Chile's Admissions System to Higher Education. Research Report. ETS RR-11-18
Santelices, Maria Veronica; Ugarte, Juan Jose; Flotts, Paulina; Radovic, Darinka; Kyllonen, Patrick
Educational Testing Service
This paper presents the development and initial validation of new measures of critical thinking and noncognitive attributes that were designed to supplement existing standardized tests used in the admissions system for higher education in Chile. The importance of various facets of this process, including the establishment of technical rigor and political support of instrument development, piloting, and implementation is also emphasized because the results from this pilot study could affect the admissions process for some of the most prestigious and competitive universities in the country. The new instruments were pilot tested on a group of high school seniors (n = 1,568) and first-year college students (n = 1,443) during 2008. The sample included students from 20 secondary schools and 4 universities. Initial results were promising and showed that the measures were effectively assessing attributes not currently considered in the Chilean higher education admissions process. In addition, performance on the new instruments was found to be less correlated with students' sociodemographic characteristics than were measures currently used for undergraduate admissions. Appended are: (1) Factor Analysis of Critical Thinking Essay; (2) Factor Analysis of the Personal Reflection Instrument; (3) Pearson Partial Correlation Coefficients Among Standardized Questionnaires Controlling for Social Desirability; (4) Factor Analysis of All Likert Scale Self-Ratings' Items Combined; and (5) Factor Analysis of Teacher Survey. (Contains 19 tables, 4 figures and 20 notes.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service
Identifiers - Location: Chile
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Marlowe Crowne Social Desirability Scale