ERIC Number: ED156457
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Individual Differences in Calculator Attitudes and Performance in a Statistics Course.
Geisinger, Kurt F.; Roberts, Dennis M.
A 30-item survey was developed to assess several dimensions of attitudes about calculators. Reliability and validity data were gathered on students in a college statistics course. Based on N = 135, coefficient alpha was .874. Factor analyses identified 3 interpretable factors: trustworthiness of calculators, usefulness, and educational value. Correlations between attitude scores and both course grades and age were significant and positive. There were no differences in attitudes based on sex or whether or not a student owned a calculator. However, females owned calculators more frequently than males. Also, calculator ownership was positively related to age. (Author/MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Toronto, Canada, March 27-31, 1978)