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ERIC Number: ED002827
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1960-Nov-1
Pages: 62
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ATTITUDES OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AS RELATED TO SUCCESS IN SCHOOL.
EDWARDS, T. BENTLEY; WILSON, ALAN B.
THE PURPOSE OF THIS STUDY WAS TO CLARIFY UNDERSTANDING OF SPECIALIZATION OF INTERESTS AND ATTITUDES OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND THE RELATION OF THESE MENTAL CONSTRUCTS TO ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT. THE MAJOR OBJECTIVES WERE TO DEFINE ATTITUDES WHICH LEAD TO INTRINSIC INTEREST IN SUBJECT-MATTER CONTENT, AND TO DEVELOP AN INSTRUMENT FOR SCALING THE DEFINED ATTITUDES. ITEM ANALYSIS AND SELECTION WERE BASED ON SAMPLES OF 92 HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE STUDENTS, WITH FOLLOWUP QUESTIONNAIRES TO 325 HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE STUDENTS ENROLLED IN A COLLEGE PREPARATORY COURSE, AND A FINAL SAMPLING OF 3,750 STUDENTS IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA. INVESTIGATIONS WERE MADE OF (1) THE ASSOCIATIONS BETWEEN ATTITUDINAL VARIABLES, RELATIVE ACHIEVEMENT IN VARIOUS SCHOOL SUBJECTS, AND VOCATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL ASPIRATIONS OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, AND (2) PARTIAL ASSOCIATIONS WITH VARIABLES IN SUBGROUPS, HOMOGENEOUS WITH RESPECT TO AGE, SEX, SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS OF PARENTS, AND IQ. A LICKERT-TYPE ATTITUDE INVENTORY, STRUCTURED QUESTIONNAIRE, NONDIRECTIVE INTERVIEW, AND EXTANT RECORDS WERE USED TO COLLECT DATA. FOUR EXTREMES OF DECISION-MAKING WERE USED AS END POINTS OF THE ATTITUDE SCALES. CONCLUSIONS INDICATE A DIRECT RELATION BETWEEN ATTITUDE TYPES, SUBJECT INTERESTS, GRADES, AND VOCATIONAL ASPIRATIONS. (GC)
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley.
Identifiers: CALIFORNIA; California (Berkeley)