ERIC Number: ED235391
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Attitudes towards the World of Work: Development of the Scales and Manual for Administration, Scoring and Interpretation.
Maguire, Thomas O.; And Others
A study was commissioned to develop and validate a test to assess the attitudes of Alberta students towards the world of work. A revised instrument was created that used 75 items grouped into 15 scales, of five items each, measuring perceptions about available opportunities. During the validation field trial the instrument was administered to 467 9th graders and 568 12th graders. Results showed that (1) the scales were relatively independent of each other, (2) the differences between the two groups were understandable, (3) sex differences occurred on all but three subscales, (4) differences were found among students taking different programs, and (5) the differences between students with no job experience and those with part-time and full-time job experiences were small. A principal component analysis of item intercorrelations was used to investigate structural validity. Reliability data were calculated three ways: calculation of Cronbach's alphas, readministration of the instrument and use of item means to estimate the scale means, and test-retest reliability estimation. (Appendixes, amounting to over one-half of the report, include the questionnaire, the administration manual, and the Alberta Provincial Percentile Norms Tables.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton. Planning Services Branch.
Note: For related documents, see ED 171 955-956.