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ERIC Number: ED190592
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Some New Dimensions of Student Attitudes Toward Basic School Subjects.
Hogan, Thomas P.
To investigate whether student attitudes toward basic school subjects were multidimensional, responses of 876 students in grade 6 to a preliminary pool of 72 items from the Survey of School Attitudes (SSA) were factor analyzed. If attitudes are unidimensional, as suggested by the four scores yielded by the SSA (one each for reading/language arts, mathematics, science and social studies) then four factors should emerge by factor analysis. Nine additudinal factors emerged after first order analysis of the original 72 by 72 item intercorrelation matrix obtained with Harris-Kaiser Type II oblique rotation. These factors were: working with words in isolation; verbal communication (reading, writing, speaking; poetry; mathematics--spatial/geometrical; science--study; mechanics; studying differences; and civics--history. The same procedure was applied to second order analysis; four scores on factors emerged, corresponding to the four scores on the SSA, and to the common sense unidimensional notion of attitude structure. In conclusion, program evaluations should be sensitive to the multidimensional nature of attitudes. (CP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Survey of School Attitudes
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (63rd, San Francisco, CA, April 8-12, 1979).