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THE RELIABILITY AND CONSTRUCT VALIDITY OF SCORES ON THE ATTITUDES TOWARD PROBLEM SOLVING SCALE

Sabri Ahmad et al.

Abstract


The Attitudes Toward Problem Solving Scale (ATPSS) has received limited
attention concerning its reliability and validity with a Malaysian secondary
education population. Developed by Charles, Lester & O'Daffer (1987), the
instruments assessed attitudes toward problem solving in areas of Willingness to Engage in Problem Solving Activities, Perseverance During the Problem Solving Process and Self Confidence With Respect to Problem Solving. This study addressed the lack of information about this measure by examining the scale's reliability and its factorial structure. Subjects were 233 secondary school
students. Reliability coefficients of the three subscales and the total score were
high, indicating that the scale is stable and reliable in measuring Attitudes
Toward Problem Solving. Results from factor analyses imply that the ATPSS
measures more various traits in Malaysian culture.


Key words: Attitudes toward problem solving, reliability, validity


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