The development of an instrument for measuring the opinions of educators toward potential school dropouts

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Roy Ernest Blanton (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Joseph E. Bryson

Abstract: The purpose of this investigation was to develop an instrument to measure the opinions that educators (teachers and administrators) have toward potential school dropouts. The study also included data analysis to establish the validity and reliability of the instrument. The development and analysis of the instrument included knowledge validity where educators were queried about their opinions of potential dropouts and from that knowledge-base questions were created for inclusion on an initial opinion survey. The questions were then validated for content by a committee of judges from the field of education. The initial survey was given to 32 educators and their scores were compared to interviews and observations to establish construct validity. Questions that survived the scrutiny of content and construct validity analysis were placed in a final survey form and administered to a sample of 100 educators, which generalized the population of educators. The final survey was administered to the same sample a month later and a test-retest reliability was calculated. The final survey was also analyzed for internal consistency using Cronbach's alpha.

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Language: English
Date: 1990
Teachers $x Attitudes
School administrators $x Attitudes

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