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ERIC Number: ED123384
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr-8
Pages: 36
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Reference Count: 0
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The Construction of a Magnitude Estimation Scale of Adult Learning.
Blunt, Adrian
The psychophysical technique of magnitude estimation was used to develop a ratio scale of subjective estimations of adult learning in various adult education activities. A rank order of 26 learning activities and the magnitude estimations in "units of learning" that are expected to occur in each activity were obtained from 146 adult education graduate and undergraduate students, 165 participants in a school board adult education evening program and 191 participants in credit courses offered by a community college. Arithmetic and geometric means were computed and plotted for each of the 26 learning activities. Analysis of the results indicates that the magnitudes do constitute a ratio scale. Analysis of covariance revealed age and years of schooling completed to be significant sources of variance on several scale items and sex was found to have a significant effect on one item. Test re-test reliability coefficients with a one month interval between tests, and a cross-modal matching technique with a one week interval between tests indicated the reliability of the instrument. The methodology of the study and the implications of the results for adult education research are discussed. A 14-item bibliography and a copy of the instrument are included. (Author/MS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Adult Education Research Conference (Toronto, Ontario, April 7-9, 1976)