Constructing the Teachers' Attitudes Toward Computers (TAC) Questionnaire
Southwest Educational Research Association Annual Meeting,
This paper reports on the first stage of the construction and refinement process underway in pursuit of developing a brief composite instrument to measure teachers' attitudes toward computers. Items (n=284) from 14 questionnaires assessing teacher attitudes toward computers were completed by 118 educators in Texas in 1995. Internal consistency reliabilities for the 32 Likert-type and Semantic Differential subscales included in the battery ranged from 0.41 to 0.96, with 27 of the 32 indices falling in the "respectable" range of 0.70 of higher. Forty-five of the correlation indices computed for the subscales were 0.70 or higher, indicating that many subscale pairs shared half their variance or more in common. A higher-order factor analysis of the 32 subscales indicated that 4 higher-order attributes probably exist among the 32 subscales, and a cluster analysis of the subscales produced 6 major clusters. The next step will be to gather data from a greater number of educators to derive a stable factor structure for the original items and an eventual shorter form. Appendix A lists the TAC subscales, and Appendix B presents the test. (Contains 2 figures, 7 tables, and 23 references.) (SLD)
Christensen, R. & Knezek, G. (1996). Constructing the Teachers' Attitudes Toward Computers (TAC) Questionnaire. Presented at Southwest Educational Research Association Annual Meeting 1996.
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