Toward a validated computing attitudes survey

Allison Elliott Tew, Brian Dorn, Oliver Schneider

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24 Scopus citations

Abstract

The Computing Attitudes Survey (CAS) is a newly designed instrument, adapted from the Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey (CLASS), for measuring novice to expert-like perceptions about computer science. In this pa- per we outline the iterative design process used for the adaptation and present our progress toward establishing the instrument's validity. We present results of think-aloud interviews and discuss procedures used to determine expert consensus for CAS items. We also detail results of a pilot of the instrument with 447 introductory students in Fall 2011 along with a preliminary factor analysis of this data. Find- ings to date show consistent interpretation of statements by faculty and students, establish expert consensus of opinion and identify eight candidate factors for further analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationICER'12 - Proceedings of the 9th Annual International Conference on International Computing Education Research
Pages135-142
Number of pages8
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event9th Annual International Conference on International Computing Education Research, ICER 2012 - Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: Sep 9 2012Sep 11 2012

Publication series

NameICER'12 - Proceedings of the 9th Annual International Conference on International Computing Education Research

Other

Other9th Annual International Conference on International Computing Education Research, ICER 2012
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
CityAuckland
Period9/9/129/11/12

Keywords

  • Assessment
  • Attitudes
  • Surveys

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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