ERIC Number: ED164558
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Facet Theory and Non-Metric Methods. The Quantification of the Qualitative.
Jordan, John E.
Guttman's facet theory is described as a method for quantifying information concerning attitudes. It is stated that attitude items are not negatively correlated for usual populations. An attitude is defined as a delimited totality of behavior with respect to something and its components are elements of a set. The first step in facet research design is the development of a rationale. The second step is the selection of the elements in the set. Quantifying is done by mapping the elements of the set into a Cartesian space representing the rules for classification and by rank ordering according to the number of positive facet elements. Rules are given for rank ordering item content. By combining content ordering with the ordering of attitude-behavior levels, several attitude scales have been developed. The use of this method provides a basis for predicting that the correlation matrix for these attitude scales will form a simplex. There are three important aspects of facet design--methodological, theoretical, and applied. (Author/CTM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Facet Analysis
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (60th, San Francisco, California, April 19-23, 1976)