ERIC Number: ED065397
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
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Using the Worldmindedness Scale in Cross-Cultural Research: An Exploratory Study.
Aikman, Louis P.; Parker, Edmond T.
Important global attitudes in the United States and other countries are measured and social attitudes interpreted according to a number of variables in this cross-cultural study. The term Worldmindedness (the quality which is measured in the study) refers to a world-view of problems of humanity rather than a national view of them. Two testing instruments measured the attitudes, the primary instrument a 32 item Worldmindedness Scale consisting of half pro-worldminded and half anti-worldminded items (in addition, eight dimensions of worldmindedness were identified constituting sub-scales within a scale), and the secondary instrument a checklist type of questionnaire on socio-economic background. Analysis performed on thre samples of secondary students with differing socio-economic backgrounds, ages 16 through 18, in Italian, German, and American schools, indicates that the Worldmindedness Scale has notably high reliability and validity for its kind of instrument and is applicable to cross-cultural studies. It was concluded that a basic similarity in attitudes exists among the three national groups and that adolescents in these countries appear to share a common, value-oriented worldminded view. (SJM)
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Identifiers: World Order
Note: Paper presented before the annual conference of New England Educational Research Organization, Hartford, Connecticut, May 12, 1972