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ERIC Number: ED179456
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Correlates of Attitudes Toward Social Studies.
Haladyna, Tom; And Others
Results of a study using a theoretical model to measure student attitudes toward social studies are reported. Attitudes were measured as they related to five constructs: (1) teacher attitudes, including support and reinforcement for the student and enthusiasm for subject; (2) student self-concept, scholastic attitude, peer acceptance, and achievement; (3) instruction such as homework, class discussion, learning activities, and teacher effectiveness; (4) learning environment variables of cohesiveness, formality, friction, satisfaction, difficulty, school pressure and size, and class size; and (5) parental friction, support, and trust. One-hundred thirty-five seventh and ninth grade students plus their teachers responded to an affective assessment questionnaire. Results indicated that variables in all five constructs were significantly related to attitudes toward social studies. However, the patterns were not constant between ninth and seventh grades. Generally ninth graders were more affected by issues of scholarship and social relationships than seventh graders, although student attitudes, the learning environment, and teacher variables are importantly related to social studies attitudes regardless of grade level. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference for the Social Studies (Portland, OR November 21-24, 1979)