An exploratory factor analysis of the Pittsburgh Freshman Engineering Attitudes Survey

Jonathan Hilpert, Glenda Stump, Jenefer Husman, Wonsik Kim

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008
Event38th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2008 - Saratoga Springs, NY, United States
Duration: Oct 22 2008Oct 25 2008

Other

Other38th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2008
CountryUnited States
CitySaratoga Springs, NY
Period10/22/0810/25/08

Keywords

  • Collaboration
  • Engineering education
  • Factor analysis
  • PFEAS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software
  • Education

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    Hilpert, J., Stump, G., Husman, J., & Kim, W. (2008). An exploratory factor analysis of the Pittsburgh Freshman Engineering Attitudes Survey. In Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE [4720400] https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2008.4720400