ERIC Number: ED149927
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
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Mini-Courses and Student Attitude in the Small Rural High School.
Edeburn, Carl E.; Luchsinger, Robert D.
Examined was the effect of the establishment of mini-courses on student attitudes in a small rural high school setting. All students in grades 9-12 were given the School Sentiment Index (SSI) and the Subject Area Preference (SAP) in the early fall and near the end of the school year. Completed by 205 students (118 boys and 87 girls), the SSI measured student attitudes toward 7 dimensions of school and school life--teachers' mode of instruction, authority and control, and interpersonal relationships; learning; school social structure; peers; and school in general. Completed by 220 students (117 boys and 103 girls), the SAP elicited student attitudes toward English, mathematics, social studies, foreign language, fine arts-music, vocational education, science, and physical education. The statistical procedure used was the t-test for correlated means. Since the program objectives predicted growth in the major construct dimension, the one-tailed test was employed. Differences in total group means for each of the scales and sub-scales were analyzed for significance. Boys' and girls' scores were also examined to determine attitudinal growth by sex. Findings included: there was positive attitude growth in regard to teaching methods, English, physical education, and vocational education; boys' attitudes increased significantly in English, physical education, and fine arts-music; boys scored higher in physical education and vocational education and girls in English. (NQ)
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