ERIC Number: ED256681
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
A Survey of Secondary Pupils: Their Knowledge and Attitudes regarding Canada = Sondage Portant Sur Les Connaissances et les Attitudes Des Eleves du Scondaire Relativement au Canada.
Kirkwood, Kristian J.; And Others
This survey examines the level of general knowledge and attitudes of 12th grade students toward Canada. A sample of 3,230 English- and French-speaking students drawn from a selection of Canadian public schools were administered a two-part survey. The first part, containing statements designed to elicit student opinions and feelings about issues related to Canada, contained 40 Likert-type items. The second part consisted of 60 items intended to evaluate students' level of knowledge about Canada. Items were divided into four subscales--the Canadian Environment, the Canadian Economic System, Specific Canadian Issues and Concerns, and the Canadian Political System. Data analysis included item evaluation, descriptive statistics, and correlational analysis. Findings indicate that students in grade 12 possess an adequate knowledge about Canada. On the average, they scored 36 out of 60 on the knowledge scale. The attitudes and views on significant issues and concerns were according to expectations. The results on these scales were similar to grade 7 and 10 of the Kirkwood and Nediger (1982) study. The correlations between knowledge and attitudes were significant but moderate. (Author/LH).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Multilingual/Bilingual Materials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of the Secretary of State, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: Canada Studies Foundation, Toronto (Ontario).
Identifiers - Location: Canada