Measuring high school students' attitudes toward computing

Daniel Heersink, Barbara M. Moskal

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Abstract

Many projects throughout the United States are underway that seek to increase the appeal of technology as a field of study. To better understand the impacts of such projects, validated instruments are needed which measure students' attitudes and beliefs in both computer science and information technology. This paper describes the development and validation of two assessment instruments. One measures attitudes and beliefs about computer science; the other measures attitudes and beliefs about information technology. The questions that comprise these instruments are identical with the exception of the use of the terms "computer science" and "information technology". Both instruments sought to measure five constructs: confidence, interest, gender, usefulness, and professional. Based on the results of factor analyses, high school students are able to distinguish among these constructs in computer science but not in information technology. This raises questions as to what high school students understand about field of information technology.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSIGCSE'10 - Proceedings of the 41st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
Pages446-450
Number of pages5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010
Event41st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE'10 - Milwaukee, WI, United States
Duration: Mar 10 2010Mar 13 2010

Publication series

NameSIGCSE'10 - Proceedings of the 41st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education

Conference

Conference41st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE'10
CountryUnited States
CityMilwaukee, WI
Period03/10/1003/13/10

Keywords

  • Assessment
  • High school computing
  • Outreach

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    Heersink, D., & Moskal, B. M. (2010). Measuring high school students' attitudes toward computing. In SIGCSE'10 - Proceedings of the 41st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (pp. 446-450). (SIGCSE'10 - Proceedings of the 41st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education). https://doi.org/10.1145/1734263.1734413