ERIC Number: ED038690
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar-2
Reference Count: 0
Developing An Instrument to Assess A Sense of Social Responsibility in High School Students.
Askov, Warren; And Others
This paper describes a research program for adolescent boys. Means must be found to make school attractive to students who are close to terminating their education. In this regard, it is important to determine how the potential dropout and underachiever differ from their achieving classmates of equal ability and opportunity. Among these differences are: (1) task persistence, (2) pursuit of high standards, and (3) optimism. The non-competent student may be charged with ambition and reform, but still be unable to respond to environmental cues which might lead to success. This program focuses on specific cues which presumably may lead to successful performance. Social responsibility was assessed by a Social Responsibility Test (SRT). This test was administered to 95 sophomore and 73 senior boys. Only moderate support was obtained for the hypothesis that low social responsibility scores are related to high youth culture scores. Statements regarding the effectiveness of the SRT are limited by: (1) only four of the ten picture sets of the SRT are effective; and (2) clear relationships were found only in the senior sample. (KJ)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Prevention, Males, Social Responsibility, Students, Test Construction, Underachievement, Youth Problems
Wisconsin Research and Development Center, 1404 Regent Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53706
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC.; Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Research and Development Center for Cognitive Learning.
Note: Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Convention, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 2--6, 1970