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ERIC Number: ED085268
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 95
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The Development of a Scale for Measuring the Attitudes of Middle-School and High-School Students Toward Geometry.
Labaki, Felix George
The primary goal of this study was to develop an instrument for measuring students' attitudes toward geometry at both the middle-school and the high-school levels. Sample items were solicited from both professional educators and students; from these, 67 pairs of Likert-type statements were created. These statements were tested for understandability by interviewing students to whom the questionnaire had been given. Fifty-four pairs survived this inspection and were field-tested on 318 middle- and high-school-students. A validity coefficient was established by interviewing 36 of these subjects and comparing interview results with written responses. Five sub-scales (interest-pleasure, difficulty, relevance, comparison with other mathematics, and teacher influence) were identified subjectively. Correlations of split-halves of the sub-scales, of individual items across all the sub-scales, and the split-halves across all the semi-sub-scales showed that the sub-scales did indeed different attitude referents. Additional analysis yielded the final form entitled GAS-50. A new sample of 319 students was given the final form; reliabilities ranged from .673 to .839 on the five sub-scales. The total scale yielded a KR-20 of .922. (Author/JP)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, State University of New York, Buffalo