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ERIC Number: ED042184
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 18
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A Study of Social Attitudes of Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Grade Pupils.
Zodikoff, David H.
The study sought to discover the relationship, if any, between children with certain academic backgrounds and the attitudes generally considered most vital in a democracy. Attitudes were categorized into five behavioral areas: (1) democratic living; (2) group interdependence; (3) empathy; (4) independent thinking; and (5) social responsibility. These were selected from a review of the pertinent literature and formed the basis for developing a scale of social attitudes. Two hundred and forty-five fourth, fifth and sixth grade students comprised the sample to which the scale was administered. Significant differences in attitude scores were sought by isolating the children's sex, I.Q., achievement level and grade level as independent variables. Achievement level was found to be significant, with high achievers showing higher favorable attitude scores. Of all five areas probed, independent thinking was consistently the lowest positive attitude score. The suggestion was made that this condition might be rectified by the inclusion of more heuristic school activities. A copy of the scale is appended. (TL)
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Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Cortland. Coll. at Cortland.