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ERIC Number: ED167628
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Measuring Student Opinion of a College Basic Skills Program.
Michaels, Linda A.
A fourteen item Likert-type attitude scale concerning a college-level basic skills program was developed from topics suggested by the program staff. The scale was completed by 216 college freshmen who were enrolled in at least one of the three courses offered by the program: writing and reading, study habits and thinking strategies, and mathematics. After factor analysis, six factors accounted for 47.3% of the total variance among scores; results provide some evidence of construct validity. Item scores from the scale were compared to grades in basic skills courses and to achievement on three measures: California Achievement Test, Nelson-Denny Reading Test, and an unpublished grammar test developed locally. While correlations were generally too low to confirm construct validity, they did provide some evidence of discriminant validity by verifying the distinction between opinion of, and achievement in, the skills program. Reliability estimates, calculated for the first two factors only, were determined to be adequate. At least three factors confounded the results: type of skills course, number of skills courses taken, and instructor. The scale and item analysis data are appended. (CP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A