ERIC Number: ED231677
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jan
Reference Count: 0
A Measure of Attitudes Toward Civil Liberties.
Curtis, Charles K.; Shaver, James P.
The Freedoms Scale was developed to assess the attitudes of slow learning and nonacademic secondary students in Canada toward democratic values, and, in particular, toward civil liberties. Vignettes were developed around situations describing threats to an individual or group's constitutional rights. Students were asked how they feel (e.g., strongly disagree, disagree, uncertain, agree, strongly agree) regarding the suggestion made at the end of each vignette. To obtain validity data, the Freedoms Scale was administered to high school students throughout British Columbia and to education students enrolled at the University of British Columbia. The Scale was found to have both construct and content validity. It has potential utility as an instrument for comparing attitudes of groups toward fundamental freedoms, for assessing the effectiveness of programs aimed at improving attitudes toward fundamental freedoms, and as a means of provoking discussion and debate. However, it is not sufficiently reliable to be used as a diagnostic instrument with individual students. The scale is included. (RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: British Columbia