Contributed paper list

   (Thursday 17th, 15:45-17:15)   In session C14B

Assessing dimensionality of the communication, language and statistics survey: a multi-group analysis with introductory statistics students near the US-Mexico border


Amy Wagler, Lawrence M. Lesser


Amy Wagler (United States)


Preliminary results of the theoretical and empirical characteristics of the third generation of the Communication, Language, And Statistics Survey (CLASS) are presented. Though validity is a multi-faceted concept, this manuscript focuses just on providing evidence of the dimensionality and internal consistency of the CLASS III. The information from this analysis will be used, in conjunction with more complete analysis, to demonstrate the valid use of this scale on multi-cultural student populations. This study indicates that the items asked of both ELL (English language learner) and non-ELL students have six identifiable dimensions and the ELL-only items have three. It is also concluded that revisions to the CLASS III are necessary in order to promote this survey as a research tool for statistics educators studying cross-cultural and language issues.