ERIC Number: ED171955
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Development of Scales on Attitudes towards the World of Work. (Executive Summary).
Maguire, Thomas O.; And Others
A study was commissioned to develop and validate a test to assess the attitudes of Alberta (Canada) students toward the world of work. The following five dimensions were delineated for consideration: (1) attitudes toward earning a living; (2) perceptions about employer expectations; (3) perceptions about available opportunities; (4) relevance of school preparation for employment; and (5) characteristics of desirable jobs. Two preliminary forms of the instrument were created, each consisting of 125 items. Approximately 360 students in grades eight and eleven were administered these forms. Based on these results, a revised instrument consisting of 75 items that were grouped into 15 scales was prepared and administered to 467 ninth grade students and 568 twelfth grade students. Overall item results indicated that the work ethic is deeply entrenched in Alberta students and that they appear confident in their ability to succeed. Validity of the scales were examined by checking differences based upon junior and senior high school responses, sex, school program, job aspiration, holders of part-time jobs, students with full-time summer job experience, and comparisons with certain groups selected for closer experimentation. The results of the analyses supported the validity of the revised instrument. Results of the reliability studies were not conclusive. (The instrument and administrator's manual are appended.) (BM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton. Planning and Research Branch.
Note: For a related document see CE 021 511