ERIC Number: ED471296
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Nov
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Attitudes toward Research of African-American Graduate Students as a Function of Locality.
Richardson, Dianne; Onwuegbuzie, Anthony J.
Research suggests that many graduate students have negative attitudes toward research. However, studies in this area have primarily involved white populations, and little is known about the attitudes toward research of African American students, despite the fact that the latter tend to attain lower levels of achievement in research methodology courses than do their white counterparts (A. Onwuegbuzie, 1999). Consequently, this two-stage study examined the attitudes toward research of African American graduate students. The first stage of this study involved the development and score validation of the Attitudes toward Research Design Survey (ATRDS), using exploratory factor analysis. The psychometric properties of the ATRDS scale were assessed (i.e., structural validity, score reliability). The second stage of the investigation involved comparing subscale scores emerging from the ATRDS between African American students enrolled at an institution in an urban setting and those enrolled in a rural setting. These comparisons were made with regard to research self-efficacy, perceived professional utility of research, and learning preferences. With respect to the second phase of the investigation, findings revealed that African American graduate students enrolled at the urban institution reported statistically significantly higher levels of research self-efficacy. The Cohen's "d" effect size associated with this difference was moderate. Implications of this and other findings are discussed. (Contains 3 tables and 60 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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