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Why is “Belonging Uncertainty” now called “Belonging Certainty?”

Prior to March 1, 2022, Ascend reports used the term “Belonging Uncertainty” to describe what is now called “Belonging Certainty.” The term Belonging Uncertainty was taken from the scientific literature in which the measure was originally developed (e.g., see Walton & Cohen, 2007). 

However, because of the way the data are presented in Ascend reports, Belonging Certainty is a more accurate description. The item measuring belonging certainty asks participants how much they agree or disagree with the statement, “Sometimes I feel that I belong in this class, and sometimes I feel that I don’t belong.” The percentages in Ascend reports reflect the portion of participants who “disagree” or “strongly disagree” with the statement. These two answers suggest that the participant feels a high degree of certainty about their belonging in the class. Thus, we changed the name of this learning condition to Belonging Certainty.

Changes were not made to the underlying data or calculations in the reports — the only thing that changed was the name of the learning condition, to better describe the data that are being presented.

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