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CBE-Life Sciences Education
written by Matthew Lovelace and Peggy Brickman
Science educators often characterize the degree to which tests measure different facets of college students' learning, such as knowing, applying, and problem solving. A casual survey of scholarship of teaching and learning research studies reveals that many educators also measure how students' attitudes influence their learning. Students' science attitudes refer to their positive or negative feelings and predispositions to learn science. Science educators use attitude measures, in conjunction with learning measures, to inform the conclusions they draw about the efficacy of their instructional interventions. The measurement of students' attitudes poses similar but distinct challenges as compared with measurement of learning, such as determining validity and reliability of instruments and selecting appropriate methods for conducting statistical analyses. In this review, we will describe techniques commonly used to quantify students' attitudes toward science. We will also discuss best practices for the analysis and interpretation of attitude data.
CBE-Life Sciences Education: Volume 12, Issue 4, Pages 606-617
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10.1187/cbe.12-11-0197
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attitude survey, attitude survey reliability, attitude survey validity
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Metadata instance created September 10, 2022 by Adrian Madsen
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M. Lovelace and P. Brickman, , CBE Life. Sci. Educ. 12 (4), 606 (2013), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1187/cbe.12-11-0197).
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M. Lovelace and P. Brickman, Best Practices for Measuring Students’ Attitudes toward Learning Science, CBE Life. Sci. Educ. 12 (4), 606 (2013), <https://doi.org/10.1187/cbe.12-11-0197>.
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Lovelace, M., & Brickman, P. (2013, December 2). Best Practices for Measuring Students’ Attitudes toward Learning Science. CBE Life. Sci. Educ., 12(4), 606-617. Retrieved May 20, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1187/cbe.12-11-0197
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Lovelace, Matthew, and Peggy Brickman. "Best Practices for Measuring Students’ Attitudes toward Learning Science." CBE Life. Sci. Educ. 12, no. 4, (December 2, 2013): 606-617, https://doi.org/10.1187/cbe.12-11-0197 (accessed 20 May 2024).
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Lovelace, Matthew, and Peggy Brickman. "Best Practices for Measuring Students’ Attitudes toward Learning Science." CBE Life. Sci. Educ. 12.4 (2013): 606-617. 20 May 2024 <https://doi.org/10.1187/cbe.12-11-0197>.
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