ERIC Number: ED223691
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Reference Count: 0
The Development and Validation of a Hybrid Semantic Differential Measure of School Related Attitudes in Young Children.
Randhawa, Bikkar S.; Van Hesteren, Frank
The present study: (1) describes the development and make-up of a comprehensive semantic differential measure of school related attitudes for young children; (2) presents evidence for the reliability and the discriminant and convergent validities of the measure; and (3) discusses issues pertaining to the measurement of school-related attitudes in the context of instructional theory. The scales comprising the measure were found to have substantially high internal consistencies and produced remarkably high stability coefficients for pupils in grades 3 through 6 over an 8-month period. It is believed that these promising reliability data are attributable, in part at least, to two factors: (1) the combining of semantic differential and Likert scale formats and (2) the provision of standard explanations of selected attitude objects. It is suspected that these factors in combination contributed to a higher degree of interpretive consistency relative to the attitude objects than is typically the case when pupils' school-related attitudes are measured. (Author/PN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Canada; Canadian Tests of Basic Skills; Piers Harris Childrens Self Concept Scale; School Attitude Scale for Children
Note: Table 1 is illegible due to small print; Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association (Montreal, Canada, June 1982).