ERIC Number: ED171956
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Development of Scales on Attitudes towards the World of Work. Technical Manual.
Maguire, Thomas O.; And Others
A study was commissioned to develop and validate a test to assess the attitudes of Alberta (Canada) students toward the world of work. An instrument was needed to examine the following five areas of concern: (1) attitudes toward earning a living; (2) perceptions about employer expectations; (3) perceptions about available opportunities; (4) relevance of school preparation for employment; and (5) characteristics of desirable jobs. Two pilot instruments were administered to approximately 360 students in grades eight and eleven. Analyses of the student opinions resulted in an instrument of 75 items which could be grouped into the following 15 scales: preparation by school, interest and variability in jobs, diligence, laziness, job security, positive employer characteristics, independence, money, ambition, locus of control, confidence in succeeding, negative employer characteristics, social relations, attitudes toward unemployment, and general attitudes toward earning a living. The revised instrument was administered to 467 ninth grade students and 568 twelfth grade students. The students were sampled from eight separate geographic locations in Alberta. Analyses of the student opinions indicated that the scales were relatively independent of each other, were structurally valid, and should be retained in the revised instrument. Several attempts were made to examine the validity and assess the reliability of the subscale scores. (Results are reported in detail in this technical report and are summarized in a companion document, CE 021 510.) (Author/BM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton. Planning and Research Branch.
Identifiers - Location: Canada