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ERIC Number: ED056059
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-May
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of Several Methods for Measuring Young Children's Educational Attitudes.
Harvill, Leo M.
Five scales designed to measure the attitudes of young children toward arithmetic, reading, and art were developed. Two of the scales (Picture and Forced Choice) were ipsative in nature; the remaining three (Millimeter, Box, and Semantic Differential) allowed the child to express a more absolute attitude about each activity. The scales were administered to a sample of second and third graders and their teachers were asked to name those students who liked and those who disliked arithmetic the most. Intercorrelations were determined using the multitrait-multimethod approach. It was concluded that: (1) Group attitude scales concerning school activities can be administered to young children with few problems or errors; (2) Children most enjoyed the picture scale; (3) Ipsative attitude measures should be used with great caution; (4) Teacher nominations are not very valid as a criterion measure for primary grade attitude scales; (5) The two most promising types of scales were the Millimeter and Semantic Differential Scales; and (6) A method which may show some promise is the addition of pictures to these two scales for added interest and clarity. See TM 000 891-893 for descriptions of the scales. (Author/AG)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: South Dakota Univ., Vermillion.
Authoring Institution: South Dakota Univ., Vermillion. School of Education.
Identifiers: Box Scale (Harvill); Forced Choice Scale (Harvill); Millimeter Scale (Harvill); Picture Scale (Harvill)