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Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research
written by Vashti Sawtelle, Eric Brewe, and Laird H. Kramer
The Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey (CLASS) has been widely acknowledged as a useful measure of student cognitive attitudes about science and learning. The initial University of Colorado validation study included only 20% non-Caucasian student populations. In this Brief Report we extend their validation to include a predominately under-represented minority population. We validated the CLASS instrument at Florida International University, a Hispanic-serving institution, by interviewing students in introductory physics classes using a semistructured protocol, examining students' responses on the CLASS item statements, and comparing them to the items' intended meaning. We find that in our predominately Hispanic population, 94% of the students' interview responses indicate that the students interpret the CLASS items correctly, and thus the CLASS is a valid instrument. We also identify one potentially problematic item in the instrument which one third of the students interviewed consistently misinterpreted.
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Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Instruments
- Research Design & Methodology
= Validity
- Sample Population
= Race: Latino
- Student Characteristics
= Affect
- Reference Material
= Research study
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American Physical Society
DOI:
10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.5.023101
NSF Number:
0312038
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.40.G?
01.40.Di
Keywords:
CLASS, Validation
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Metadata instance created February 16, 2010 by Lyle Barbato
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May 21, 2012 by Vince Kuo
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August 28, 2009
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V. Sawtelle, E. Brewe, and L. Kramer, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 5 (2), 023101 (2009), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.5.023101).
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V. Sawtelle, E. Brewe, and L. Kramer, Validation study of the Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey at a Hispanic-serving institution Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 5 (2), 023101 (2009), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.5.023101>.
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Sawtelle, V., Brewe, E., & Kramer, L. (2009, August 28). Validation study of the Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey at a Hispanic-serving institution. Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res., 5(2), 023101. Retrieved April 19, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.5.023101
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Sawtelle, V, E. Brewe, and L. Kramer. "Validation study of the Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey at a Hispanic-serving institution." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 5, no. 2, (August 28, 2009): 023101, http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.5.023101 (accessed 19 April 2014).
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Sawtelle, Vashti, Eric Brewe, and Laird Kramer. "Validation study of the Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey at a Hispanic-serving institution." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 5.2 (2009): 023101. 19 Apr. 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.5.023101>.
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