ERIC Number: ED202694
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Thirty Studies Involving the "Scientific Attitude Inventory": What Confidence Can We Have in This Instrument?
This paper reports an in-depth study of Moore and Sutman's Scientific Attitude Inventory (SAI) and of the 30 studies in which the instrument has been used. Findings from these 30 research studies reveal a wealth of information including: (1) conflicting results when similar treatments are used by different investigators; (2) varied values of the reliability of the SAI, some of which are ignored; (3) reporting of non-significant effects when they are not expected and vice versa; and (4) finding that some correlational studies provide discrepant information about the validity of the SAI. Although some of these results can be explained in terms of the conceptual validity of the SAI, it is concluded that there is some uncertainty of what is being measured by the SAI and that it needs reworking before it can be used with confidence. The paper concludes with some general concerns about attitude measurement and its place in science education research. (Author/JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Science Education Research; Scientific Attitude Inventory
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (54th, Grossinger's in the Catskills, Ellenville, NY, April 5-8, 1981).