ERIC Number: ED408319
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Bath County Computer Attitude Scale: A Reliability and Validity Scale.
Moroz, Pauline A.; Nash, John B.
The Bath County Computer Attitude Scale (BCCAS) has received limited attention concerning its reliability and validity with a U.S. adult population. As developed by G. G. Bear, H. C. Richards, and P. Lancaster in 1987, the instrument assessed attitudes toward computers in areas of computer use, computer-aided instruction, programming and technical issues, social issues, and computer history. This study addressed the lack of information about this measure by examining the scale's factorial structure and its convergent validity with the four-scale version of the Computer Attitude Scale developed by B. H. Loyd and D. E. Loyd (1985). Using data from 222 graduate education students, a principal factor analysis with varimax rotation generated a 5-factor solution, with 3 factors showing promise. Results also show that the BCCAS correlates with computer confidence, anxiety, liking, and perceived usefulness of computers. The BCCAS was found to be internally consistent, predictive of a range of attitudinal domains toward computers, and of questionable unidimensionality. (Contains 2 tables and 12 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 24-28, 1997).