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Brown, Robert W.; Covault, Corbin E. – Physics Teacher, 2015
An old comedy routine on Saturday Night Live by Father Guido Sarducci introduced a "Five-Minute University," because five minutes is all that's remembered after graduation anyway. In counterpoint, we discuss "cycling," a teaching method for memory enhancement. Our principal implementation consists of offering a simple version…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Teaching Methods, Memory
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Mulvenon, Sean W.; Wang, Victor C. X. – International Journal of Adult Vocational Education and Technology, 2015
The goal of an educational system or degree program is to "educate" students. This immediately raises the question of what does it mean to "educate" students. All academic institutions, degree programs and content areas are typically expected to answer this question and establish appropriate academic expectations both within…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Research Methodology, Statistics, Teacher Attitudes
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Snyder, Thomas D.; Dillow, Sally A. – National Center for Education Statistics, 2013
The 2012 edition of the "Digest of Education Statistics" is the 48th in a series of publications initiated in 1962. The "Digest" has been issued annually except for combined editions for the years 1977-78, 1983-84, and 1985-86. Its primary purpose is to provide a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field…
Descriptors: School Statistics, Definitions, Tables (Data), Longitudinal Studies
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Powers, Donald E. – ETS Research Report Series, 2012
Special preparation for tests has been a relatively contentious issue. The controversy has entailed (a) disagreement over the effectiveness of such preparation, (b) concern over unequal access to it, and (c) worries about its impact on the validity of test scores. This paper provides a brief history of ETS's involvement with, and contribution to,…
Descriptors: Test Preparation, College Entrance Examinations, Coaching (Performance), Scores
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Snyder, Thomas D.; Dillow, Sally A. – National Center for Education Statistics, 2012
The 2011 edition of the "Digest of Education Statistics" is the 47th in a series of publications initiated in 1962. The "Digest" has been issued annually except for combined editions for the years 1977-78, 1983-84, and 1985-86. Its primary purpose is to provide a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Data Collection, Data Analysis, Error Patterns
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Pawlow, Laura A. – Teaching of Psychology, 2010
This exercise aims to provide a hands-on, role-playing activity that requires students to evaluate the strengths and limitations of standardized tests in making admission decisions. Small groups pretend to be an admissions committee and review fictitious student applications containing both standardized test scores and other information admissions…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Admission Criteria, College Admission, Class Activities
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Volkwein, J. Fredericks – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2010
Assessing student attainment in the major field of study is increasingly important to employers and accrediting bodies alike. Construction and manufacturing firms do not like engineers who design faulty bridges and airplanes. Marketing firms want to hire students who understand the difference between a niche market and a global market. School…
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Academic Achievement, Student Evaluation, Case Studies
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Song, Moohoun; Orazem, Peter F.; Wohlgemuth, Darin – Economics of Education Review, 2008
Students in majors with higher average quantitative graduate records exam (GRE) scores are less likely to attend graduate school whereas students in majors with higher average verbal GRE scores are more likely to attend graduate school. This sorting effect means that students whose cognitive skills are associated with lower earnings at the…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Graduate Study, Doctoral Degrees, Professional Education
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Biegel, David E.; Hokenstad, M. C.; Singer, Mark I.; Guo, Shenyang – Journal of Social Work Education, 2006
This article describes the rationale, implementation, and assessment of a summer-study format, part-time doctoral program that was designed to address the shortcomings of traditional part-time doctoral education in social welfare. Findings of a comparative analysis between 67 full-time and 52 part-time doctoral students suggest that the program…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Social Work, Doctoral Programs, Part Time Students
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Gorin, Joanna S.; Embretson, Susan E. – Applied Psychological Measurement, 2006
Recent assessment research joining cognitive psychology and psychometric theory has introduced a new technology, item generation. In algorithmic item generation, items are systematically created based on specific combinations of features that underlie the processing required to correctly solve a problem. Reading comprehension items have been more…
Descriptors: Difficulty Level, Test Items, Modeling (Psychology), Paragraph Composition
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Payne, David G.; Briel, Jacqueline B.; Hawthorn, John; Riedeburg, Karen – Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 2006
Plans are described for creating a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test for the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines. Previous work showed that a quantitative measure for the STEM disciplines exacerbated group differences beyond those reflected in the current GRE General Test. A test development approach is…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Test Construction, College Entrance Examinations, Scores
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Salend, Spencer J.; Whittaker, Catharine R.; Garrick Duhaney, Laurel M.; Smith, Robin M. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2003
The participation in and completion of teacher education programs by students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds is one of the biggest challenges facing higher education institutions today. The success of teacher education programs in responding to this challenge is related to their ability to incorporate diversity into all…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Diversity (Faculty), Colleges
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Johnson, Troy – College and University, 2001
Describes three areas in which the graduate community is vulnerable to substandard practice when using Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores in decision processes: percentile versus raw scores, cut-off scores, and summed scores. Asserts that the graduate community is generally unaware that raw scores on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical…
Descriptors: College Admission, College Entrance Examinations, Graduate Study, High Stakes Tests
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Kalat, James W.; Matlin, Margaret W. – Teaching of Psychology, 2000
Provides an overview of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Psychology test focusing on the scoring system for the GRE Psychology test, who prepares the test and how the test is prepared, and the usefulness of the GRE Psychology test. Explores some future directions for the test. (CMK)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Grade Point Average, Graduate Study, Higher Education
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Ledbetter, Rosanna – History Teacher, 1991
Defines assessment as finding out where the problems are in a program for the purpose of eliminating them. Presents a method for developing a formal assessment plan in history including principles of assessment, program goals, and objectives. Suggests determining what is already done and what further assessment methods are desired. (DK)
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Objectives, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education
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