ERIC Number: ED162250
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Assessing Attitudes to Reading.
Ewing, J. M.
Many measurement techniques have been developed to assess elements related to attitudes toward reading, which encompass an individual's views, feelings, values, and beliefs. Instruments developed by British teachers include Likert-type scales, a repertory grid technique, and an approach assessing reactions to screened photographs of different reading situations. Attitude assessment techniques may be divided into the following categories: interviews, which are practicable only for small sample work; Likert-type and Thurstone-type scales comprising a series of statements about reading with which pupils are required to indicate degree of agreement or disagreement; sentence completion and open-ended questioning related to attitudes toward reading; semantic differential scales, which require pupils to rate aspects of reading on each of several different scales; repertory grids, on which pupils react to statements about reading experiences; and self-reports, for which students answer a series of questions about reading situations. A model has been developed to allow for a comparison of the attitudes of individuals and groups. (The paper provides suggestions for constructing and scoring attitude measurement scales.) (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: United Kingdom
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Reading Association of Ireland (2nd, Dublin, Ireland, October 6-8, 1977)