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American History Preparation of Board Social Studies Candidates: A Report on the Board Social Studies Questionnaire

Adams, Elizabeth.; Franklin, Jean
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ETS Research Memorandum
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College Board, Biographical Inventories, Questionnaires, School Surveys, Social Studies, Student Experience, United States History


In the Spring of 1949 the College Entrance Examination Board's Committee of Examiners in Social Studies asked the assistance of the Educational Testing Service in an investigation of the social studies backgrounds of Board candidates. In view of the fact that the majority of Board candidates take the examinations in the spring before senior courses are completed, the Social Studies Committee was interested in finding out what kind of preparation senior students have had by that time. The basic requirement for the social studies examination is the usual secondary-school course in American history. Thus the purpose of this questionnaire was to ascertain: (1) whether the American history course is usually taught on a chronological or a nonchronological basis, (2) what topics or periods of chronology in American history are likely to have been covered by March or April of the academic year, and (3) what proportion of students take American history in the junior and senior years respectively.

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