ERIC Number: ED046696
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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Utilizing Item Sampling Techniques To Scale Affective Reactions to Mathematics.
Bursack, Bruce Allen
Reported are the results of a study which investigated the possible utilization of item sampling techniques with Thurstone's Case V paired comparison method. The first objective involved the study of the scale and rank values of the stimuli and the frequency distribution of the responses. A paired comparison instrument consisting of mathematical tasks was developed to measure college freshmen's attitudes concerning their abilities to accomplish these tasks. Following administration of the instrument and subsets of the instrument to equivalent student samples, analysis of the data indicated that the item pair sampling method resulted in good approximations to the entire instrument. A second objective was to determine the relationship between the number of responses per item pair and the scale and rank values of the stimuli and the frequency distribution of the responses. It was found that the scales from the subsets of data from the item pair sampling method correlated higher with the standard scale and were more consistent than the scales from the subsets of data from the entire instrument. As the number of responses per item pair increased, the approximations became more accurate and more consistent. The author concluded that the sampling method saved time and yield reliable results. (Author/RS)
Descriptors: Affective Behavior, Attitude Measures, Attitudes, Doctoral Dissertations, Evaluation, Mathematics, Measurement Instruments, Sampling, Test Construction
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Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus.