An abstract definition of an attitude is “a psychological tendency that is expressed by evaluating a particular entity with some degree of favour or disfavour”

An abstract definition of an attitude is “a psychological tendency that is expressed by evaluating a particular entity with some degree of favour or disfavour” (Eagly & Chaiken, 1993, p. 1). This definition combines the key features of attitudes-namely, tendency, entity (or attitude object), and evaluation. This conception of attitude distinguishes between the inner tendency that is attitude and the evaluative responses that express attitudes. (Eagly,Chaiken 2007). Progressively used in social and behavioural science research, implicit measures aim to assess attitudes that respondents may not be willing to report directly, or of which they may not even be aware, Aistear’s themes describe what children need to learn from birth onwards and outlines learning in four interconnected aspects including attitudes and values with regard to respect for themselves and others, care for the environment, and positive attitudes to learning and to life (NCCA,2009).