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ERIC Number: ED547804
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 174
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2675-3637-2
The Influence of Higher Education on Law Enforcement Entry Level Examination Outcomes
Paprota, David A.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Seton Hall University
Entry into a career in law enforcement is most often dependent upon the aspiring candidate's relative success on a competitive, written, multiple-choice examination. In the state of New Jersey, as in many states, civil service laws preclude consideration of formal educational attainment when establishing the ordinal, eligibles lists for law enforcement hiring. Furthermore, formal test preparation has materialized as a norm in the pre-employment preparation regimen of many prospective law enforcement candidates. Given the potentially confounding influence of examination preparation or coaching on a study related to examination outcomes, this research was designed to include an analysis of archival data derived from a convenience sample of three hundred and sixty-five (n = 365) participants who self-selected into a formal preparatory course prior to the 2010 administration of the Law Enforcement Aptitude Battery (LEAB)(TM) in New Jersey. This study utilized simultaneous, multiple, linear regression analysis to test the following null hypothesis: Law enforcement candidates who completed a higher education degree do not score significantly different on the multiple-choice Law Enforcement Aptitude Battery (LEAB)(TM) than law enforcement candidates who have not completed a higher education degree when all of the candidates have been exposed to the same study strategies prior to the administration of the examination. The quantitative analysis utilized in this study accounted for the biographical variables: age, gender, and race, along with each participant's self-reported highest level of education. The qualitative, categorical data was entered into the model using binomial, dichotomous coding. The multiple regression model, with the level of significance set at 0.05, revealed no statistically significant relationship between the predictor variables and the outcome variable resulting in a failure to reject the null hypothesis. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Jersey