Masters Theses


"The planner is under considerable pressure to involve the public in water resource planning. The public, however, often lacks sufficient knowledge to offer useful comments or suggestions. The use of a Likert Type Attitude Scale in the public involvement effort of the Lower Mississippi Region Comprehensive Study demonstrates the usefulness of attitude scaling techniques in obtaining public input to the planning process. The measurement of an individual's attitude, or his thoughts, feelings and disposition to act toward some aspect of his environment with some degree of consistency, gives an indication of the goals and objectives toward which a plan acceptable to him should be directed. He need not be knowledgable with regard to either the planning process or water resource management in order to respond meaningfully to the attitude scale. The Likert Scale used in the Lower Mississippi Study provided useful information in the formulation of study goals and objectives. With additional research the use of attitude scaling techniques could provide a valuable mechanism for input to the planning process from that majority of the public which is not reached through the conventional public involvement methods, such as public meetings, workshops, etc"--Abstract, pages iv-v.


Harbaugh, Terence E. , 1935-1973

Committee Member(s)

Tharp, Edward L.


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Civil Engineering


University of Missouri--Rolla

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viii, 39 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (page 38).


© 1973 William A. Lee, All rights reserved.

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Thesis - Restricted Access

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Library of Congress Subject Headings

Scale analysis (Psychology)
Water resources development -- Planning
Likert Scale

Thesis Number

T 2905

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