ERIC Number: ED237347
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
An Investigation into the Measurement of Attitudes in Science Education.
This study examined instruments measuring attitudes to science for the period from 1967 to 1977 as well as relevant research studies. Following an introduction (chapter 1), background information is provided in chapter 2, considering the importance of attitude measures in science education, reviews of research in science education, reviews of attitude research/instrumentation, and other areas. Chapter 3 discusses methodology used to identify potential source materials (in particular, machine searches of ERIC tapes) and instruments used in research, and how relevant instruments were distinguished from irrelevant ones. Chapter 4 discusses techniques used to subject these instruments to analysis which revealed information about their validity, reliability, and other characteristics. Results are presented and discussed in chapter 5, focusing on: general features, reliability, and validity of the instruments; analyses of instruments for statement type and view of science; and evaluation of instruments by selected criteria. In general, it was found that the field of attitude measurement in science education is not one in which confidence may be placed because the instrumentation is weak on many counts. Descriptions/characteristics of the 56 instruments examined, analyses of their items, abstracts of research in which they were used, and instrument items are included in an extensive appendix. (JN)
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, College Science, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Science Education, Scientific Attitudes, Secondary School Science, Student Attitudes, Test Items, Test Reliability, Test Validity
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