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Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research
written by Kerrie A. Douglas, M. S. Yale, D. E. Bennett, Mark P. Haugan, and Lynn Bryan
The Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey (CLASS) is a widely used instrument designed to measure student attitudes toward physics and learning physics. Previous research revealed a fairly complex factor structure. In this study, exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses were conducted on data from an undergraduate introductory physics course (n=3844) to determine whether a more parsimonious factor structure exists. Exploratory factor analysis results indicate that many of the items from the original CLASS have poor psychometric properties and could not be used in a revised factor structure. The cross validation showed acceptable fit statistics for a three factor model found in the exploratory factor analysis. This research suggests that a more optimum measurement of students' attitudes about physics and learning physics is obtained with a 15-item instrument, which describes the factors of personal application, personal effort, and problem solving. The proposed revised version of the CLASS offers researchers the opportunity to test a shortened version of the instrument that may be able to provide information about students' attitudes in the areas of personal application of physics, personal effort in a physics course, and approaches to problem solving.
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Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Instruments
- Research Design & Methodology
= Evaluation
- Student Characteristics
= Affect
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
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10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.10.020128
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K. Douglas, M. Yale, D. Bennett, M. Haugan, and L. Bryan, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 10 (2), 020128 (2014), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.10.020128).
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K. Douglas, M. Yale, D. Bennett, M. Haugan, and L. Bryan, Evaluation of Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 10 (2), 020128 (2014), <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.10.020128>.
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Douglas, K., Yale, M., Bennett, D., Haugan, M., & Bryan, L. (2014, November 19). Evaluation of Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey. Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res., 10(2), 020128. Retrieved June 23, 2021, from https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.10.020128
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Douglas, K, M. Yale, D. Bennett, M. Haugan, and L. Bryan. "Evaluation of Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 10, no. 2, (November 19, 2014): 020128, https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.10.020128 (accessed 23 June 2021).
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Douglas, Kerrie, M. S. Yale, D. E. Bennett, Mark Haugan, and Lynn Bryan. "Evaluation of Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 10.2 (2014): 020128. 23 June 2021 <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.10.020128>.
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