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Validating the Computer Attitude Questionnaire (CAQ)


Southwest Educational Research Association Annual Meeting,


The Computer Attitude Questionnaire (CAQ) is a Likert-type self-report instrument with paired-comparison items added to provide supplemental information. The CAQ is intended for use in the middle school environment, grades six to eight. A 1993 preliminary validation study indicated the instrument's stable measurement qualities and probable usefulness. This paper reports the findings of a 1995 validation study of the CAQ. Data from 588 junior high school students in a Texas public school were used to validate the construct and criterion-related validity of the CAQ. A confirmatory factor analysis revalidated the psychological constructs carried over the instrument's predecessor, the Young Children's Computer Inventory Questionnaire, and high internal consistency reliability figures further reconfirmed the stability of the newer subscales that were added for middle school students. Pilot use of the instrument verified that junior high school students receiving computer literacy training through thematic, teacher-teaming activities enjoyed computers more, felt them to be more important, and rated themselves as more creative than counterparts in traditional computer literacy classes. Results were considered sufficient to demonstrate the discriminant validity of the CAQ. Appendixes A and B list some items by construct and as paired, and Appendix C presents the CAQ. (Contains eight tables and eight references.) (SLD)


Knezek, G. & Christensen, R. (1996). Validating the Computer Attitude Questionnaire (CAQ). Presented at Southwest Educational Research Association Annual Meeting 1996. Retrieved November 14, 2019 from .

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