ERIC Number: ED113391
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Minneapolis Secondary School Students' Attitudes Toward School by Achievement, Race, and Sex.
Johnson, Lary; Faunce, R. W.
In May 1972 Minneapolis public school students in grades 7-12 were given the 93-item Student Opinion Questionnaire (SOQ), an inventory that measures student attitudes in several school-related areas. This report describes junior and senior high student responses by achievement in school, racial/ethnic background, and sex. Students who identified themselves as high academic achievers had substantially more positive attitudes toward many aspects of school than did students who saw themselves as low achievers. Black students at the junior high level expressed more favorable attitudes toward school than did white and Indian students. A greater percentage of blacks than whites and Indians said they liked school, that the curriculum was relevant, and that they were involved in decision making. At the senior high level these differences between racial-ethnic groups were not as pronounced. Senior high blacks were not as positive as junior high blacks, while senior high Indians were more positive than junior high Indians. Few substantial differences between females and males occurred. Males had less positive attitudes than did females on the items related to unfair punishment and racial attitudes. Females expreseed greater anxiety about speaking in front of the class, and tended to have more positive attitudes than males toward school in general and the presence of positive reinforcement. (Author/DEP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minneapolis Public Schools, Minn. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota (Minneapolis)