ERIC Number: ED427085
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
Refinement of a Community Service Attitude Scale.
Shiarella, Ann Harris; McCarthy, Anne M.; Tucker, Mary L.
The multi-stage development of the Community Service Attitudes Scale (CSAS), an instrument for measuring college students' attitudes about community service, is reported. The CSAS was developed based on the helping behavior model of S. Schwartz (1977). The developed instrument was tested with two samples of 437 and 332 college students. The scales of the CSAS show strong reliability evidence (coefficient alphas ranging from 0.72 to 0.93). Principal components analysis results are consistent with the Schwartz model. In addition, construct validity evidence also supports the model. The CSAS scales are positively correlated with gender, college major, community service experience, and intentions to engage in community service. The CSAS will be useful to researchers for conducting further research on the effects of service-learning and community service experiences for students. (Contains 7 tables and 25 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ohio Univ., Athens.; Colorado State Univ., Ft. Collins.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association (San Antonio, TX, January 21-23, 1999).