Education research: ALLS demographic results (Cuesta College, spring semester 2012)

Student attitudes are assessed using an Astronomy Laboratory Learning Survey (ALLS), a five-point Likert scale questionnaire with demographic questions, and entry/exit evaluation questions (Patrick M. Len, in development) to Astronomy 210L students at Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA. This laboratory course is a one-semester, adjunct course to Astronomy 210 lecture, and is taken primarily by students to satisfy their general education science laboratory transfer requirement.

The ALLS is administered as a pre-test on the first laboratory meeting, before any introduction/instruction took place; and as a post-test on the last laboratory meeting.

The results from the pre-test demographic questions follow below. Only matched-pair results are shown, for students who were eventually able to take the post-instruction ALLS at the last laboratory meeting.
Cuesta College
Astronomy Laboratory Learning Survey (ALLS)
Demographic pre-instruction question results
Astronomy 210L spring semester 2012 sections 30678, 30679, 30680, 30682
(N = 57, matched-pairs only)

16. What is your gender?
(A) Female. [27]
(B) Male. [30]

17. Have you previously taken an astronomy lecture class?
(A) Yes. [17]
(B) No. [40]

18. Are you currently enrolled in an astronomy lecture class?
(A) Yes. [44]
(B) No. [13]

19. How many college science courses have you completed prior
to taking this course?
(A) None. [16]
(B) 1. [21]
(C) 2. [ 9]
(D) 3. [ 5]
(E) 4+. [ 6]

20. What is your college major (or current area(s) of interest
if undecided)? Choose as many areas of interest that apply.
(A) Business. [16]
(B) Education. [11]
(C) Humanities, Social Sciences, or the Arts. [23]
(D) Science, Engineering, or Architecture. [ 5]
(E) Other. [20]

21. Which of these college math classes have you completed
prior to taking this course? Choose as many classes that apply.
(A) Algebra. [40]
(B) Trigonometry. [ 8]
(C) Geometry. [13]
(D) Pre-calculus. [17]
(E) Calculus. [10]
(F) Statistics. [15]

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