Development and Initial Psychometric Assessment of the Plant Attitude Questionnaire
Journal of Science Education and Technology Volume 19, Number 5, ISSN 1059-0145
Plants are integral parts of ecosystems which determine life on Earth. People's attitudes toward them are however, largely overlooked. Here we present initial psychometric assessment of self-constructed Plant Attitude Scale (PAS) that was administered to a sample of 310 Slovakian students living in rural areas aged 10-15 years. The final version of PAS consists from 29 Likert-scale items that were loaded to four distinct dimensions (Interest, Importance, Urban trees and Utilization). Mean scores revealed that Slovakian students lack positive attitudes toward plants and that gender had no effect on their mean attitude scores. Living in a family with a garden was associated with a more positive attitude toward plants. Further correlative research on diverse samples containing urban children and experimental research examining the impact of gardening in schools on student attitudes toward plants is required.
Fancovicova, J. & Prokop, P. (2010). Development and Initial Psychometric Assessment of the Plant Attitude Questionnaire. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 19(5), 415-421.