International Journal of

Arts , Humanities & Social Science

ISSN 2693-2547 (Print) , ISSN 2693-2555 (Online)
Measuring students’ attitude towards Poetry


This paper develops a valid and reliable Likert scale for measuring students’ attitude towards poetry which is constructed and implemented through an empirical study that captures the attitude of 225 high school students towards poetry and their knowledge concerning poetry-related issues. The research thus proposes a scale to measure students’ attitude using Likert scaling theory, which can be used in other empirical surveys that aim at measuring attitudes towards poetry. The psychometric properties of the proposed rating scale are examined, and the findings show that the measurement of the attitude towards poetry produced is both valid and reliable, while statistical analysis reveals that the final scores are highly associated with a number of socio-demographic indicators. More specifically, the results reveal that a more positive attitude towards poetry would appear among students with highly educated parents, where poetry books are present in the house, when students read poetry in their free time and when parents have read literature books to the students when they were growing up.