ERIC Number: ED257724
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-May
Reference Count: N/A
Research on Attitude Change in Economics Students.
Whitehead, David J.
Although 17 studies of attitude change among economics students in American secondary schools and colleges had been conducted by 1981, analysis of this research indicates that such studies are still in their infancy. Numbers of students participating in these studies ranged from 922 in 27 classes in Sewell's (1963) study of attitude change among secondary school economics students to the 66 students in a single college-level microeconomics class in Thompson's (1973) study. Three different kinds of attitude change were measured in these studies: (1) attitudes toward the subject itself; (2) movement of attitudes toward those held by professional economists; and (3) change in political attitudes along the liberal-radical/conservative continuum. Difficulties were found in many of the measures and the research designs used in these projects. These difficulties included the use of non-random samples and problems with such standardized tests as the Test of Economic Understanding. A particular problem noted was the short time period, usually a semester, in which attitude change was measured. The principal benefit of this research is as a source of hypotheses for further testing. (IS)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: London Univ. (England). Inst. of Education.