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A. Defining Targets for Attitude Performance
B. Creating a Survey
C. Displaying Survey Results


A.   Defining Targets for Attitude Assessments 

 "Students who have positive attitudes about the things they are learning, and feel a sense of internal control of their own academic well-being are more likely to achieve at high levels than those who are negative, lack desire, and see themselves as victims of a hostile school world" (Stiggins, 2001, p. 340). Although one cannot expect a classroom survey to prevent a tragedy similar to Columbine, a survey can serve as a starting point toward helping teachers to understand and motivate students.

Appropriate targets for assessing attitudes are aspects that are directly related to the classroom and the content area. For example, your goal may be to determine if students feel they benefit by working in a group; which subject area is their favorite; or if they enjoy working on the computer. 

Inappropriate targets include issues that go beyond school -- questions about their home life, religion, or personal self-concepts. These issues are best left for parents, counselors, and psychologists. If you're not sure whether or not a specific question or domain is appropriate, ask your principal before surveying the students.



Try This

  1. Think about the most recent survey that was conducted at your school. Reflect on these questions:
    • Why was the survey conducted?
    • Was the reliability and validity of the survey checked?
    • What was learned from the survey?
    • What was changed at the school as a result of the survey?



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