ERIC Number: ED123618
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
The Construction of an Instrument to Measure the Attitude of Young Children toward Reading.
Redelheim, Paul S.
An instrument measuring the attitude of young children (kindergarten through grade two) toward reading was constructed, using photographs, ambiguous as to detail, with each representing a different reading situation. Subjects, 166 white middle-class children, were directed to view each picture and indicate whether they liked, disliked, or were unsure of what was happening in the photograph. Coefficients Alpha and test-retest reliability coefficients were computed as estimates of the internal consistency and stability of the scores obtained using the instrument. The values obtained for the Alphas were .94, .86, .82, and .88 for the kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and the composite respectively. Test-retest values for the same four groups were .65, .78, .79, and .75. Content validity was assured through the use of judges who determined whether the stimuli represented reading situations. In order to estimate the criterion-related validity of the scores obtained using the instrument, subjects rated their own attitude toward reading and placed themselves in one of three attitude groups. Teachers also placed students in the same three groups. Correlations between total test scores and each of the two ratings consistently favored the students' self-ratings. (Author/LL)
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Doctoral Dissertations, Measurement Instruments, Primary Education, Reading, Reading Attitudes, Reading Interests, Reading Research, Self Evaluation, Student Attitudes, Student Evaluation, Student Interests, Test Construction
University Microfilms, P.O. Box 1764, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106 (Order No. 76-14,013, MF $7.50, Xerography $15.00)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Georgia