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The Engineering Student Identity Scale: A Structural Validity Evidence Study

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

Start Date

June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

Conference Session

Instrument Development

Tagged Division

Educational Research and Methods

Tagged Topic

Diversity

Page Count

25

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https://peer.asee.org/28964

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214

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Nicholas A. Curtis James Madison University

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Nick Curtis serves at the lead student assessment consultant to academic programs at James Madison University, providing assistance to programs in all stages of assessment including using the results for meaningful student learning improvement. He works on several cross-disciplinary teams including with Olga Pierrakos, of the JMU Engineering program and Robin Anderson, of the JMU graduate psychology program. He received his master’s and educational specialist degrees in school psychology and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Assessment and Measurement.

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Robin Anderson James Madison University

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Robin D. Anderson serves as the Academic Unit Head for the Department of Graduate Psychology at James Madison University. She holds a doctorate in Assessment and Measurement. She previously served as the Associate Director of the Center for Assessment and Research Studies at JMU. Her areas of research include assessment practice and engineering education research.

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Olga Pierrakos James Madison University

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Olga Pierrakos is a Founding Faculty and Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering at James Madison University. She is currently a Program Director at the National Science Foundation in the Division of Undergraduate Education. Her expertise and interests focus on diversity and inclusion, engineer identity, problem based learning, innovative learning-centered pedagogies, assessment of student learning, engineering design, capstone design, etc. She also conducts research in cardiovascular fluid mechanics and sustainable energy technologies. She holds a BS and MS in Engineering Mechanics and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering
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Abstract

The Engineering Student Identity Scale: A Structural Validity Evidence Study

Researchers have theorized that having a strongly developed identity as an engineering student contributes to persistence within engineering. Even so, there are no empirically supported measures of engineering student identity. The purpose of this study was to provide structural validity evidence for one such measure, the Engineering Student Identity Scale (E-SIS). This paper explores findings and implications of multiple investigations into the structure of the E-SIS. The data collected in this study do not support the current interpretations of the E-SIS as a unified measure of identify with 11 subscales derived from multiple approaches to measuring identity. The results do provide important information regarding revising the E-SIS to align more with fewer subscales and to focus exclusively on items that are directly affected by identity.

Curtis, N. A., & Anderson, R., & Pierrakos, O. (2017, June), The Engineering Student Identity Scale: A Structural Validity Evidence Study Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/28964

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