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IJIET 2014 Vol.4(5): 459-462 ISSN: 2010-3689
DOI: 10.7763/IJIET.2014.V4.450

An Instrument to Measure Math Attitudes of Computer Science Students

Parveen J. Ali, Sanwar Ali, and Waleed E. Farag

Abstract—Although mathematics is one of the essential courses for students in determining college majors, for many students in postsecondary education, mathematics is seen more as a frightening ordeal than a valuable learning experience. Computer science students explicitly use mathematics in many computer science courses. This demands that computer science majors have in-depth math background to become successful in a computer science career. This paper is a report of the initial development of a new instrument to measure computer science students’ attitudes towards mathematics. The reliability coefficient, Cronbach alpha value, for the instrument in our study is found to be 0.811 and coefficients for four subscales are ranged from 0.812 to 0.915. These values seem to be very promising for this study.

Index Terms—Cronbach coefficients, enjoyment of math, math anxiety, math attitude, math relevancy, self-efficacy, survey instrument

The authors are with Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, USA (e-mail: pali@iup.edu, sanwar@iup.edu, farag@iup.edu).


Cite: Parveen J. Ali, Sanwar Ali, and Waleed E. Farag, "An Instrument to Measure Math Attitudes of Computer Science Students," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 4, no. 5, pp. 459-462, 2014.

General Information

  • ISSN: 2010-3689 (Online)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Inf. Educ. Technol.
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
  • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Steve Thatcher
  • Executive Editor: Ms. Nancy Y. Liu
  • Abstracting/ Indexing: Scopus (CiteScore 2022: 2.0), INSPEC (IET), UGC-CARE List (India), CNKI, EBSCO, Google Scholar
  • E-mail: ijiet@ejournal.net


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