ERIC Number: ED121913
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Some Attitude Scales for Educational Research Purposes. Home Environment and School Study Report 1974:2.
Keeves, J. P.
The attitude scales used in the Home Environment and School Study are presented in order to make them available for wider use in research investigations, and with this purpose in mind evidence is reported on the validation and reliability studies which were undertaken to support their use in this particular inquiry. In this investigation, five scales were constructed to measure aspects of students attitudes to schooling during the first year at secondary school. They were: (1) attitudes toward school and school learning, (2) interest and enjoyment in learning mathematics, (3) interest and enjoyment in learning science, (4) motivation to achieve in school learning, and (5) respect and confidence in self. Likert scales were used. The first step was to determine to use dichotomous scales. In the development of each scale an underlying continuum was assumed, and the range of attitudes within it was defined. Statements were then written or selected from a large pool of statements to experess attitudinal levels along the continuum and from these a trial version of each scale was constructed. Following a trial run, a final version was constructed in which the items discriminated well and formed a unidimensional scale with an adequate degree of reliability. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Attitude Measures, Educational Attitudes, Educational Research, Elementary School Students, Mathematics Education, Measurement Techniques, Research Methodology, Science Education, Secondary School Students, Self Esteem, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation, Test Construction
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Council for Educational Research, Hawthorn.
Identifiers - Location: Australia