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ERIC Number: ED244485
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
The Relationship between High School Students' Attitudes and Actions toward "Slow Learners." Final Report.
Miller, Carol T.; Gibbs, Elizabeth D.
The relationship between high school students' attitudes and their involvement in a peer tutoring program for slow learners was examined, on the basis of M. Fishbein's theory of reasoned action, which suggests that the best predictor of behavior is the individual's intention to perform the behavior and that intentions are functions of attitude and perception. Forty-five members of the National Honor Society responded to questionnaires measuring behavioral intention, attitudes toward the behavior, and subjective norms. Results showed that students' intentions to tutor did in fact predict their behavior, but that their attitudes toward the recipients of the tutoring were unrelated or only weakly related to their behavior. Analysis of responses indicated that attitudes toward handicapped or disadvantaged groups are unlikely to be predictive of specific behaviors because measures of such attitudes are not sensitive to the context in which behavior occurs. (CL)
Carol T. Miller, Department of Psychology, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Vermont Univ., Burlington.