Relevant CAT: Attitude Survey
The Pittsburgh Freshman Engineering Attitudes Survey (PFEAS) is a 50 item multiple-choice survey that gathers information about incoming engineering students' attitudes in the 13 key areas below:
- General Impressions of Engineering
- Financial Influences for Studying Engineering
- Perception of How Engineers Contribute to Society
- Perception of the Work Engineers Do and The Engineering Profession
- Enjoyment of Math and Science Courses
- Engineering Perceived as Being and "Exact" Science
- Family Influences to Studying Engineering
- Confidence in Basic Engineering Knowledge and Skills
- Confidence in Communication and Computer Skills
- Adequate Study Habits
- Working in Groups
- Problem Solving Abilities
- Engineering Compability
A question from the PFEAS appears in box below.
Actual question from the PFEAS
Scale: 1=Strongly Disagree, 2=Disagree, 3=Neutral, 4=Agree, 5=Strongly Agree
I am studying engineering because I enjoy figuring out how things work.
Mary Besterfield-Sacre (Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Pittsburg)
Larry Shuman (School of Engineering/Industrial Engineering Department, University of Pittsburgh)
Cynthia Altman (Center for Engineering Learning and Teaching, University of Washington)
Besterfield-Sacre, M.E., Atman, C.J., and Shuman, L.J., Student Attitudes Assessment," Journal of Engineering Education, 87(2), April 1998, 133-141.
Besterfield-Sacre, M.E., C.J. Atman and L.J. Shuman, Characteristics of Freshman Engineering Students: Models for Determining Student Attrition and Success in Engineering," The Journal of Engineering Education, 86(2), April 1997.
Besterfield-Sacre, M.E. and C.J. Atman, "Survey Design Methodology: Measuring Freshman Attitudes About Engineering," American Society for Engineering Education Conference Proceedings, June 1994, pp. 236-242.