ERIC Number: ED210313
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Using Children's Self-Reports to Measure Attitudes: Factors Influencing a Recency Response Set.
Siewert, Julaine C.; Koopman, Cheryl
Children's tendency to answer attitude questions in a biased manner, favoring latter response alternatives when two alternatives are presented in a forced-choice format, was investigated. Using a forced-choice interview format, children were asked questions concerning their attitudes toward mathematics. Each question contained two evaluative alternatives from which children selected in responding to the questions. The results supported the hypothesis that three- to five-year-old children are more likely to choose latter response alternatives than are six- to eight-year-old children. Topic word abstractness was not found to influence children's use of the recency response set. In six- to eight-year-old children, understanding of the topic word concept was related to the frequency with which latter response alternatives were chosen. Caution is suggested in using orally-administered self-report methods to assess the attitudes of young children. Further research on the recency response set is recommended. (Author/AL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Recency Effect
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (65th, Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).