ERIC Number: ED155085
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Nov
Reference Count: 0
An Attitudinal Survey of Grade 9 Social Studies in Carroll County. Summary Report, Decision-Making in Contemporary America.
Vetter, Donald P.
This document is a summary report of an attitude survey given to ninth grade social studies students taking the course "Decision-Making in Contemporary America" which is described in SO 010 891. Over 1250 pupils participated in the survey. The survey questionnaire was divided into four sections: attitudes toward school, social studies, course content, and teachers and techniques. In attitudes toward school, students were quite positive. The highest rated item concerned students' goals and aims. In contrast, the most negative aspect of attitude toward school was its sameness; students felt most days in school were quite similar. Overall, the attitudes toward social studies were positive. A high percentage of students felt the course had a purpose, was valuable to them, and would be worthwhile in the future. On the negative side, 41% of the students indicated the course had not increased their liking for social studies. In attitudes toward content, units about the local, state, and national government received negative ratings, while the law education units were given very positive responses. The economics unit also received positive responses. Finally, student attitudes toward classroom techniques and teachers were positive. Pupils liked simulation, gaming, films, discussions, and guest speakers. Complete survey results and the survey questionnaire are included. (Author/JK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Carroll County Public Schools, Westminster, MD.
Note: For related documents, see SO 010 891-896; Not available in hard copy from EDRS due to poor reproducibility of original document