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Classroom Assessment Techniques
Attitude Surveys

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Attitudinal surveys can be used at the beginning of a course to identify the ways students perceive they learn best or to determine their attitudes toward the course or discipline. This information can be used to adapt instructional strategies. Another use is a comparison between attitudes at the beginning of the semester (pretest) and again at the end of the semester (posttest). This allows the instructor to discover the impact of their course on student perceptions on the variety of topics mentioned above. They also can be used at any point during the semester to make corrections to existing curricula or methods in a course.

The surveys can be taken in any location and require little time. A very long survey with eighty or so items usually requires no more than 20 minutes. Gender, ethnicity, major, year in school, and previous coursework can all be included in a survey.

Another feature that makes data collection and analysis easier is to use an optical scanning form and scanner (e.g. Scantron). This allows these data to be directly imported into a spreadsheet or statistical application for analysis.

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