Thursday, September 28, 2006
The surveyors are coming!!!
Some folks have been talking about this study which found that some seniors answered fewer questions right than some freshmen on some test about pointless factual details of American history.
Too bad The Daily Cal is statistically illiterate, or they might have pointed out the contradiction between this:
The study, which was conducted by researchers from the University of Connecticut, was based on questionnaires that were distributed to random samples of students at 50 college campuses across the country, Ratliff said.and this:
[Danise Sugita], who was given the survey on campus last year and decided not to participate, said the questions were about specific details in American history that might not be relevant for students who are not specifically history majors.But that's probably asking too much.
The study's implication that faculty are doing an inadequate job and that there should be a systematic focus on American civics threatens the autonomy of university faculty, [History department chair David Hollinger] said.Oh, noes! People are doing surveys! Academia is doomed!
"I think it's part of a national move to put universities under pressure," he said.
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