ERIC Number: ED257769
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Development and Testing of an Economics Attitude Scale. Research Papers in Economics Education.
Whitehead, David J.
The development, testing, and modification of an instrument to measure attitude change toward economic issues among economics students is described in this paper. It was initially hypothesized that a continuum of attitudes to economic issues existed, ranging from extreme interventionist ideas at one end to extreme laisez-faire at the other end, and that respondents would occupy a particular position on that continuum. Statements which reveal economic attitudes were collected for possible inclusion from other tests, from discussions with students at schools similar to those where tests would later be conducted, and from the researcher. Despite recognized problems, a Likert scale was used. The first version was tested by 68 students at three schools. After analysis of students' responses, three more revised versions were tested on additional students at other schools before a final version with twelve questions was accepted. Possible continuing problems exist with assumptions that student attitudes are unidimensional, that scores on individual items of a scale have additive properties, that the interval between each rating is uniform, and that the questions have identical meanings for all respondents. Appendices include each version of the test. (IS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: London Univ. (England). Inst. of Education.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)