## Utley Geometry Attitude Scale (UGAS)

The UGAS was developed after an extensive review of a variety of existing instruments used to measure attitudes to mathematics (e.g. Akin, 1974; Dowling, 1978; Fennema & Sherman, 1976; Tapia, 1996) and was designed to measure the attitudes of undergraduate college students toward geometry. The instrument is designed such that higher scores are more indicative of an overall higher attitude toward geometry.

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### Assessment Type:

Survey/Questionnaire### Scale:

5-point Likert scale### Publication Date:

May 18, 2015### Respondent:

### Domain(s) Evaluated:

Attitude / Behavior### Sample items:

1. I am sure that I can learn geometry concepts. (1-5 Strong Disagree - Strongly Agree)### Reliability:

See comment section### Validity:

See comment section### Frequency:

Rarely### Administration time:

N/A minutes### Requires a Computer:

No### Requires Internet Access:

No### Primary reference:

Utley, J. (2007). Construction and validation of geometry attitude scales.*School Science and Mathematics*.107, no. 3, p. 89-93.

### Comments:

Reliability: The internal consistency using Cronbach's coefficient alpha was 0.95 for the confidence subscale, 0.93 for the usefulness subscale, and 0.92 for the enjoyment subscale. For the overall instrument using the 32 items that comprised the three subscales, internal consistency reliability analysis revealed a Cronbach's coefficient alpha of 0.96.

Validity: Content Validity: A panel of five experts, two mathematics faculty and three-mathematics education faculty, with knowledge of geometry and its teaching, were asked to evaluate the appropriateness and relevance of each item on the instrument.

Criterion Validity: Fennema-Sherman Mathematics Attitude Scales (FSMAS) (Fennema & Sherman, 1976) were used to help establish the criterion validity of the UGAS.

Respondents:264 undergraduate students (85 male, 174 female, and 5 that did not report their gender) from two universities, one in the Midwest and one in the Southwest

Contact:

Juliana Utley

juliana.utley@okstate.edu

Oklahoma State University