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Fata Morgana
2003-09-26 11:59
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I've been tossing around the idea of doing a survey of students' experiences in CS classes since I saw Jane Margolis and Allan Fisher give a talk at Berkeley a couple years back. I'd like to correlate experiences with various things (my personal interest is gender, but I'd also like to correlate with age, ethnicity, major or intended major, and maybe other things). In a fit of inspiration over the summer, I jotted down a bunch of questions to ask. Now, with no research projects on my plate after October 6 (with the possible exception of this Intel Seattle thing), I'm thinking, why not do the survey? I'm getting the hang of SPSS analysis and all (even though I'm currently procrastinating on doing data analysis ...), so it shouldn't be that hard to collect a bunch of surveys and run a few tests on the results ...


Here's a rough draft of questions I wanted to ask. Comments, suggestions?

    year: first, second, third, fourth, fifth+

    age: __________

    gender: male/female

    ethnicity (check all that apply):
    - african-american, chinese, indian, other asian/pac, european, hispanic, native american/alaskan

    In what country were you born? ___________
    If in another country than the U.S., how old were you when you came to the U.S.? __________

    type of student:
    - EECS student
    - L&S CS student
    - L&S undeclared, intended CS
    - other (major or intended major: ____________)

    Are you a transfer student? yes/no

    ################################################

    When did you start programming?
    - before junior high
    - junior high
    - high school
    - college

    How often do you program "recreationally," outside of classes?
    - very frequently: daily
    - frequently: several hours a week
    - occasionally: several hours a month
    - infrequently
    - never

    When did you become interested in majoring in (or learning about) computer science?
    - before junior high
    - junior high
    - high school
    - college

    What computer science classes did you take before college? ______________

    Why do you want to major in (or learn about) computer science? _______________

    how many of your friends are computer science majors?
    - none
    - few
    - some
    - most
    - all

    What are your CURRENT hobbies (clubs, sports, musical instruments, other pasttimes)?

    [questions assessing confidence as a computer scientist, comfort programming, level of perceived expertise]

    [how has perception changed since first UCB CS class?]

    [grad school plans?]

    [questions about prejudice in the department? e.g. "I don't want to be your partner because you don't speak English well/are female/..."]

    ################################################

    [one for every class they're taking?]

    class: _____________

    Why are you taking this class?

    In your opinion, how smart are you compared to others in this class?
    - one of the smartest in class
    - above average smartness
    - average smartness
    - below average smartness
    - one of the least smartest in class

    how often do you ask questions in lecture for this class?
    - very frequently: at least once in every lecture
    - somewhat frequently: once every few lectures
    - occasionally: several times through the semester
    - infrequently: once or twice
    - never

    If you DO ask questions in lecture, what kind of questions do you ask, and why? If you DON'T ask many or any questions in lecture, why don't you?

    How approachable is the professor in this class?

    how often do you ask questions in discussion for this class?
    - very frequently: at least once in every section
    - somewhat frequently: once every few sections
    - occasionally: several times through the semester
    - infrequently: once or twice
    - never

    If you DO ask questions in section, what kind of questions do you ask, and why? If you DON'T ask many or any questions in section, why don't you?

    How approachable are the TAs in this class?

    how often do you go to office hours for this class?
    - very frequently: every week
    - somewhat frequently: every couple of weeks
    - occasionally: several times through the semester
    - infrequently: once or twice
    - never

    how many hours do you spend on homework for this class? _________

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janviere
2003-09-27 00:44 (UTC)
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Seems pretty complete... long, even.

I like the idea of asking how smart (or perhaps competent?) people think they are compared to the rest of the class. Too bad there's no way to correlate it to how well they actually do.

If you're seriously thinking about doing this and using it to say something about minority students... one problem I can see is that in many upper-div classes the minority population is so tiny that there's no way to draw statistically significant data.

I mean, heck, the percentage of students who would be motivated to mark down random data is probably larger than the actual population of people who identify as african-american in the department. And in some classes, probably larger than the female population, as well.

Just a thought. :)
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Fata Morgana
chimerically
2003-09-27 10:59 (UTC)
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True ... maybe the focus should be more on getting qualitative data. Or averaging across classes.
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