ERIC Number: ED302914
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
Reference Count: 0
A Comparison of Attitude toward School Subjects and Achievement in an Alternative and Traditional Elementary School.
Rasberry, Sandra; Turner, James S.
The purpose of this study was to compare students enrolled in an alternative school with students in a traditional school on the bases of academic achievement and attitudes toward school subjects. The subjects were 33 sixth-grade students who attended an open education school modeled after the British infant school. The control group consisted of 33 sixth-grade students randomly selected from a group of 65 students attending a traditional school in the same district. The Stanford Achievement Test and the Survey of School Attitudes measured achievement and attitudes respectively. The research methodology utilized the nonequivalent control group pretest/postest design. Multivariate analysis tested all variables. A covariant and a pretest mean score was also included in the analysis of data. The findings of this study were consistent with most past research, which indicates no significant differences exist between alternative and traditional students' performance in acheivement except that males performed better in science. Findings on attitudes toward school subjects were consistent with prior research indicating that gender is a better predictor of attitude than participation in alternative school programs. For instance, females demonstrated a more positive attitude toward reading/language, mathematics, and social studies. (JAM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (17th, Louisville, KY, November 8-11, 1988).