Title

An Exploratory Factor Analysis of the Pittsburgh Freshman Engineering Attitudes Survey

Document Type

Presentation

Presentation Date

10-24-2008

Conference Name

Froniers in Education Conference

Conference Location

Saratoga Springs, New York

Source of Publication

38th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2008. Proceedings

Publisher

Elsevier B.V.

Publication Date

12-1-2008

Inclusive pages

F2B-9 - F2B14

Peer Review

Invited

Abstract

The Pittsburgh Freshman Engineering Attitudes Survey (PFEAS) has become an important tool in engineering education for measuring students’ attitudes about engineering and their confidence in their abilities to achieve in the engineering classroom. Although different versions of the scale have been developed for students at different points in their educational careers, 28 of the items are equable across the various forms of the survey. The authors administered these items to a large sample (N = 372) of engineering majors at a large public university in the southwest. Item and factor analysis of the items revealed problems with the structural validity of the scale, and items and factors were removed based on theoretical and empirical justification. The remaining items produced a structurally valid three factor solution. The authors found these factors were significantly correlated with student study strategies.

Keywords

Engineering education, Collaboration, Factor Analysis

Disciplines

Education

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Link to Original Published Item

http://fie-conference.org/fie2008/papers/1287.pdf