The Social Sciences

Year: 2017
Volume: 12
Issue: 8
Page No. 1401 - 1407

Determining Significant Components of Pittsburgh Freshman Engineering Attitudes Scale Using Exploratory Factor Analysis among Engineering Students

Authors : Tahira Anwar Lashari, Maizam Alias, Zainal Abidin Akasah and Mohd Jahaya Kesot

Abstract: Student’s attitude towards the subject matter promotes continuing effort and persistent behaviour towards the programme. As possessing a positive attitude towards engineering education directs to increase in academic prosperity. However, prevalent practices in engineering education do not often consider the non-cognitive learning needs. Therefore, this study investigates to identify how an attitude towards engineering affects student’s perception towards the subject matter. Standard tool the pittsburgh freshman engineering attitudes scale was adopted and employed. The study used quantitative survey design with a purposive sampling strategy. The sample consisted of 70 diploma civil engineering students (26 male and 44 female). The obtained data on factor analysis using SPSS revealed seven extracted factors with 35 measurable items. The highest factor 0.92 was found on item 46 whereas the factor 0.410 was found on item 41.

How to cite this article:

Tahira Anwar Lashari, Maizam Alias, Zainal Abidin Akasah and Mohd Jahaya Kesot, 2017. Determining Significant Components of Pittsburgh Freshman Engineering Attitudes Scale Using Exploratory Factor Analysis among Engineering Students. The Social Sciences, 12: 1401-1407.

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