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ERIC Number: EJ893125
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6283
Standardized Tests and Other Criteria in Admissions Decisions: A Classroom Activity
Pawlow, Laura A.
Teaching of Psychology, v37 n3 p190-192 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 committees typically request. The class discusses problems each committee encountered, how much importance to place on the different components of an application packet, and their beliefs about the utility of various admissions criteria. Data indicate that perceptions regarding standardized tests were significantly altered and that students self-reported the activity encouraged both learning and critical thinking. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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