Date of Award


Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



First Advisor

George J. Mouly


It is well known that positive attitudes toward learning are not only desired but are necessary in education. children must want to learn or much of our effort will have been in vain. Thus, it is important to know what attitudes toward school children possess (in too many instances only an opinion of pupil attitudes if formed.) These opinions are often formulated by teachers and principals from bits of conversation overheard among children, from talks with a few youngsters, parental comments, and, often times, teacher's personal bias. Consequently the sum of these fragments of opinion are believed to the views of the entire group. These means of obtaining a semblance of student opinion is anything but a dependable reflection of the attitudes of the student body as a whole.