An attitude survey will assess “attitudes in a target population, for example, attitudes towards consumer products (consumer surveys), evaluations of past experiences with products or services (customer satisfaction surveys), evaluations of policies and Institutions public opinion surveys), or evaluations of the state of the economy (consumer confidence surveys)” (Shoulder, 2011). Bullying is an existing issue that is of interest to me that I created an attitude survey on. This paper will explain the purpose of the survey I developed as well as discuss the preliminary design issues that I experienced while creating the survey.
This paper will also describe the specific Instruction for administering, scoring, and Interpreting the attitude survey on bullying. Purpose of Survey Bullying is an “intentional harm-doing or harassment that is directed toward vulnerable targets and typically repeated. Bullying encompasses a wide range of malicious aggressive behaviors, including physical violence, verbal mockery, threats, ostracism, and rumors spread either orally, or by other means of communication, such as the Internet” (“bullying,” 2014).
Bullying has become an Increasing problem with school-aged children that has become a major concern to me because my child had been the victim In school. The purpose of the survey I created was to assess the attitudes that children have on bullying. The questions were also designed to assess a child’s perception of bullying as it relates to the school environment. Assessing the attitudes and perceptions of the students on bullying can give school administration a better understanding of how they children are feeling and can offer guidance as to how to resolve the issues of bullying In school.
Children are supposed to feel safe In school and bullying takes away from that feeling of being safe. The attitude survey on bullying will pinpoint just how serious the issue is within the school. Preliminary Design Issues The target audience for the attitude survey on bullying should be the seventh and eighth grade students because I believe that they are the students that have had the cost experience at the school and can give accurate accounts on their feelings towards bullying. During the last week of school the survey should be handed out during homeroom class.
A significant Issue that occurred was the Minimal plan for the types of questions that I would ask to receive precise and attentive replies, therefore I complied sixteen questions that should take no more than five to ten minutes to complete. The survey uses the Liker scale to measure attitude with possible answers to questions being “strongly agree, agree, neutral, disagree, or strongly disagree” (Jameson, 2008). The survey will be a general measure of the student’s which can allow the school to determine how serious the bullying is so they can take the necessary steps to address the issue for the upcoming semester.
A significant issue that occurred was the initial plan for the types of questions that I would ask to receive precise and attentive replies. Administration, Scoring, and Interpretation The survey should be administered by school personnel, preferably a guidance counselor because they can explain in more details the purpose of the survey and what they hope to accomplish with the help of the students, however the homeroom coacher could also administer the survey to the students in their homeroom providing the same details because of the unavailability of the guidance counselors in schools.
An aspect of the Liker scale is their directionality, meaning “the categories of response may be increasingly positive or increasing negative” Monies, 2008). The target of the responses have directionality, which means that a rating of strongly agree will correspond too more favored attitude against bullying. In order to have accurate results on scoring it is important that all of the students in the seventh and eighth grade complete the survey. The scores will be calculated to provide an interpretation of how serious the students perceive bullying at the school.
The score can be interpreted by using a point scale “where I?strongly agree, 2 = agree, 3 = neutral, 4 = disagree, and 5 = strongly disagree” Monies, 2008). Based on this point scale it can be interpreted that students whom agree or strongly agree to the questions will produce low scores when could mean that they may have either experienced being bullied or witnessed someone being bullied therefore prompting those responses which could bring out a negative perception towards lulling at the school.
Conclusion Attitude surveys are designed to assess how people feel about certain subjects, such as bullying. Bullying occurs when a person is consistently exposed to “malicious and aggressive” behavior for long periods of time which is increasingly occurring in schools across the country and has become a major concern to parents as well as educational professionals and political officials; however the issues have yet to be addressed properly within the schools. The survey I created uses the Liker scale method of scoring to assess the attitudes of students in regards to bullying at school.