Paper Type

Master's Thesis


College of Education and Human Services

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



First Advisor

Dr. Bernadine Bolden

Second Advisor

Dr. Bruce Gutknecht

Third Advisor

Dr. Cheryl Fountain


The purpose of this study was to develop and validate a survey that would help classroom teachers identify the attitudes toward school of fifth grade students in a classroom of approximately thirty students.
The survey was developed from a list of statements suggested by fifth grade students. This list was categorized by a panel of judges to eliminate conflicting or confusing statements. The statements measured three objectives. These were: For the student to believe that attending school is valuable and important; For students to enjoy being at school; and For students to indicate they would choose attending school over other less appropriate activities.
A sample group of 73 students completed the survey. The data were used to compute a reliability coefficient using the formula for coefficient alpha. The reliability coefficient for the survey was .8967 which indicates a reliable instrument.

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