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PERG Research Tools: Attitude Surveys
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A discussion of attitude surveys and a specific discussion about the MPEX, VASS, and EBAPS surveys can be found in Chapter 5 of Teaching Physics with the Physics Suite by E. F. Redish. The surveys marked with an asterisk (*) are available on the CD that comes with the printed version of that book.
- *Epistemological Beliefs Assessment for Physical Science (EBAPS)
by A. Elby, J. Frederiksen, and B. White
A 30 item survey designed to probe a student's epistemological stance towards knowledge in science. Should take 20-30 minutes to complete. Contains both Likert-style items (5-point agree-disagree scale) and multiple-choice items. The EBAPS also contains a number of interesting "dialog-style" questions. For more information, write to Andy Elby.
- *The Maryland Physics Expectation Survey (MPEX)
by E. F. Redish, R. N. Steinberg, and J. M. Saul
A 34-item Likert scale (5-point agree-disagree) survey probing student expectations about the nature of learning in a physics class. Most items fall into 5 clusters: independence/authority, concepts/formulas, coherence/pieces, reality link, and math link. Should take about 20-30 minutes to complete. A spreadsheet for the construction of favorable/unfavorable response diagrams is included. For more information, see E. F. Redish, J. M. Saul, and R. N. Steinberg, "Student Expectations In Introductory Physics," Am. J. Phys. 66 212-224 (1998). A spreadsheet analysis template for the MPEX is available from Michael Wittmann.
- Version II (MPEX II)
by A. Elby, T. McCaskey, R. Lippmann, and E. F. Redish
A version for the algebra-based physics class that includes
less emphasis on math and more "scenario items" such as in EBAPS.
- *The Views About Science Survey (VASS)
by Ibrahim Halloun and David Hestenes
A forced choice survey that probes student attitudes about the nature of science, math, and science knowledge. The science versions have 31 items and the math version has 33. Each should take about 20-30 mintues to complete. Can be delivered on a machine gradable sheet that permits responses from 1 to 8. For more information, see I. Halloun and D. Hestenes, "Interpreting VASS dimensions and profiles," Science and Education 7:6, 553-577 (1998)
- The Colorado Learning About Science Survey (CLASS)
by W. K. Adams, K. K. Perkins, M. Dubson, N. D. Finkelstein, and C. E. Wieman
A 42-item survey on a 5-point Likert scale, generalizing and extending the three surveys above.