ERIC Number: ED266187
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Student Attitudes Toward Economics--Development of an Attitude Questionnaire.
This study reports a preliminary investigation into the relationship of different subsets of student attitudes toward economics. A 49-item attitude form was developed with six subscales representing distinct aspects of attitudes toward economics: (1) satisfaction with current grasp of economics; (2) capability for understanding economics; (3) attraction to economics; (4) economics as a field; (5) general need for economics; and (6) economics courses. The questionnaire was administered to three groups of adult students pursuing continuing education programs in financial services and to two groups of undergraduate students. Item scores, subscale scores, full form scores, inter-scale correlations and item scale correlations were calculated. Results indicated good reliability for both the questionnaire and the subscales, but did not reveal strong differences between the subscales. In general, students' attitudes toward economics were quite positive. Differences and similarities between the different student groups followed traditional expectation. The data support further scale development and draw attention to the various facets of student attitudes toward economics. The questionnaire and item results and characteristics are appended. (BS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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