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ERIC Number: ED042821
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Aug
Pages: 4
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Activity Scale.
Kerpelman, Larry C.; Weiner, Michael J.
This twenty-four item scale assesses students' actual and desired political-social activism in terms of physical participation, communication activities, and information-gathering activities. About ten minutes are required to complete the instrument. The scale is divided into two subscales. The first twelve items (ACT-A) question respondents on their Actual Activity, i.e., the average actual frequency of participation in various sociopolitical activities during the prior three years. The remaining items (ACT-D) ask the respondents to indicate their Desired Activity, i.e., the average desired frequency of participation in the same activities during the same period had the respondent been free of all obligations. Scoring of the subscales is a simple sum of weighted response alternatives. Response alternatives (a) are given a weight of 1; (b), 2; (c), 3; (d), 4; (e), 5. These are summed for the subscales; ACT-A consists of the sum of scores for items 1-12; ACT -D consists of the sum for items 13-24. Scores on each subscale can range 12 (low activity) to 60 (high activity). In previous research, college student sociopolitical activists were found to score significantly higher than nonactivists on both ACT subscales. Split-half reliabilities were also high: 0.93 and 0.96 for the ACT-A and the ACT-D subscales respectively. (Author)
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