Perspectives on global citizenship: Q methodology in the classroom
Sklarwitz, Sherri Robyn
MetadataShow full item record
This study seeks to contribute to an understanding of student attitudes toward global citizenship at the classroom level. Previous quantitative studies of civic attitudes have generally been designed for large sample sizes, and qualitative assessments are time consuming for researchers. This dissertation presents a tool utilizing Q methodology to bridge the gap between quantitative and qualitative measures of attitudes. The first phase of the study focuses on the design and validation of the research tool. The second phase of the study describes the implementation of the tool using a pre and post design to capture the shifts in attitudes that high school students have about global citizenship after completing a course in the subject. The results demonstrate that Q methodology is an effective measure for analyzing attitudes at the classroom level. Teachers and researchers can use the information from this tool to ensure that curriculum is effectively moving students toward attitudes of global competence, social responsibility, and global civic engagement.