ERIC Number: ED137060
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-May
Reference Count: 0
The Development of an Instrument for Determining the Nature of Elementary School Children's Environmental Decisions.
Voelker, Alan M.; Horvat, Robert E.
This report describes the formulation of a conceptual base for conducting research on elementary school children's orientation toward their environment and details procedures for developing a battery of instruments for measuring these orientations. A definition of environmental orientations is formulated. This definition is used to focus construction of instruments to generate information about elementary and middle school children's orientation towards their environment. Development (pilot and field-test) procedures are presented for three instruments. "Our World of Today/Tomorrow" uses a semantic differential to approximate children's orientation to the present and future world situation. "The Environment and Pollution" uses a Likert scale to approximate student's orientation to general pollution and environmental problems. "The Environmental Decisions Inventory" uses a Likert response format to approximate children's orientation to alternative solutions to specific environmental problems. Estimates of validity, stability, and reliability, and factor analyses are presented. (Author/BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Regional Research Program.
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