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A Flawed Ideological Critique


  • William B. Walstad


In their critique of the Test of Economic Literacy (TEL), Nelson and Sheffrin draw the conclusion that the TEL is an ideological test. In making their case, however, they neglect to cite the TEL Examiner's Manual by John Soper and myself (1987). In the 67 pages of that achievement test manual are the multiple choice questions, written rationales for the correct answers, explanations of the test development and structure, psychometric data, item analysis, and instructions on test administration and use. This information is necessary for anyone making a careful assessment of the test or using it with high school students. A brief description of the development and major features of the TEL is also necessary for analyzing the critics' complaints about TEL questions. The TEL is not perfect, but the charge that the TEL is an ideological test, however, is an extreme one and without foundation.

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  • William B. Walstad, 1991. "A Flawed Ideological Critique," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 5(3), pages 167-173, Summer.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:jecper:v:5:y:1991:i:3:p:167-73 Note: DOI: 10.1257/jep.5.3.167

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    1. Siegfried, John J & Fels, Rendigs, 1979. "Research on Teaching College Economics: A Survey," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 17(3), pages 923-969, September.
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    1. Carlos Asarta & Ken Rebeck, 2011. "Measurement Techniques of Student Performance and Literacy: College and High School," Chapters,in: International Handbook on Teaching and Learning Economics, chapter 29 Edward Elgar Publishing.

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    • A21 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Pre-college
    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values


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