Engineering Identity Development Scale (EIDS)

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By Brenda Capobianco

College of Education, Purdue University

Multiple-choice instrument designed to assess elementary school students’ identity development in engineering.

Version 1.0 - published on 28 Apr 2015 doi:10.4231/R7WH2MX6 - cite this Archived on 25 Oct 2016

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The Engineering Identity Development Scale (EIDS) is a 20 item assessment intended to assess elementary (grades 1-5) students’ academic identity (5 items), school identity (4 items), occupational identity (7 items), and engineering aspirations (4 items), though a two factor structure of academic and engineering career better describe elementary students identity (Capobianco, French, & Diefes-Dux, 2012). These items are rated on a three-point scale of 1 (“no”), 2 (“not sure”), or 3 (“yes”). There are two versions of the EIDS. One version is for use with students in grades 1-2; it uses smiley face images rather than numbers and words for rating each item, it uses a large font size for the text of each item, and it limits the number of items to five per page. The second version is intended for students in grades 3-5; it uses the numbers and words for rating the items and all items appear on a single page.

In association with the project Elementary Engineering Education (NSF DRK-12 DRL 0822261), the EIDS was used in academic years 2008-09 through 2012-13 as a pre-post assessment around the engineering education interventions implemented in grades 2-4. 

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