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ERIC Number: EJ847401
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1570-1824
Factor Structure of the "Attitudes toward Research" Scale
Papanastasiou, Elena C.
Statistics Education Research Journal, v4 n1 p16-26 May 2005
Students at the undergraduate level usually tend to view research methods courses negatively. However, an understanding of these attitudes is necessary to help instructors facilitate the learning of research for their students, by enabling them to create more positive attitudes toward such courses. The aim of this study is to describe the development of an "attitudes toward research" scale and verify the dimensions of attitudes toward research among undergraduate students enrolled in introductory research courses. The basic hypothesis of this research study is that the concept of attitudes is multidimensional in nature. The sample of the study consisted of 226 students who had completed a research methods course. Based on a factor analysis, five factors of student attitudes toward research were identified. These were the factors of usefulness of research, anxiety, affect indicating positive feelings about research, life relevancy of research to the students' daily lives, and difficulty of research. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Cyprus