ERIC Number: ED048324
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Jun
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The Child's Attitude Toward School.
Klein, Stephen P.; Strickland, Guy
If there is a significant relationship between attitudes and school performance, there may be a need for an instrument to measure attitudes reliably. Such an instrument could demonstrate the existence of the relationship, predict performance, or diagnose problem attitudes. The Attitude to School Questionnaire (ASQ) was developed as a measure of first graders' attitudes toward school which could be easily administered, required neither individual administration nor subjective scoring judgments, and overcame some of the difficulties in administering tests to young children. For example: no reading is required; the child looks at cartoons while the administrator explains what is going on; the vocabulary used is carefully controlled; colored pages are used, not numbered items; second person narration is used to minimize identification problems with third person narrative; and separate booklets are available for boys and girls. The test was field tested with 263 first graders in a middle class suburb. Of the eight factors originally hypothesized, four were found--attitudes toward school, schoolwork, teacher, and principal. Two others--attitude towards peers and towards play--did not appear as such and seem to be better characterized as "attitude toward peers and play." Finally, attitudes toward math and reading do not appear to be strongly differentiated at this age. (PR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement, Attitude Measures, Childhood Attitudes, Conferences, Educational Objectives, Factor Analysis, Grade 1, Measurement Instruments, Questionnaires, Student Attitudes, Student School Relationship
ED 039 622, October 1970 Research in Education
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Cooperative Research Program.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for the Study of Evaluation.