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ERIC Number: ED117669
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 123
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The Development of Scales to Measure Attitudes toward Reading.
Heathington, Betty Sue
The purpose of this study was to develop an instrument or instruments to measure the attitudes toward reading of children in grades one through six. The Likert-type scale was chosen as the most appropriate type of instrument to meet established criteria. Two rural schools and two urban schools with normally distributed populations according to ability and socioeconomic levels were used in the study. Pilot work, consisting of individual interviews with children in grades one through six, was conducted to explore the area of reading attitudes and to obtain statements suitable for the attitude scale. Such interviews revealed that two scales were needed, one for grades one through three and one for grades four through six. The two attitude scales were administered to sample populations in the four schools. The final scales contain 20 items for the beginning level and 24 items for the second level. Answer formats were also designed for each scale. The scales were checked for reliability by the test-retest method and for validity by item analysis and by teacher rating of students with positive and negative attitudes. Diagnostic clusters of questions were developed for diagnosis. The scales were judged to meet the established criteria. (Author/MKM)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, The University of Tennessee