Science Motivation Questionnaire II (SMQ-II)

Science Motivation Questionnaire II (SMQ-II)


The Science Motivation Questionnaire II (SMQ-II) contains 25 items regarding students' motivation to learn science in college courses. Students respond on a 5-point rating scale of temporal frequency ranging from (0) never to (4) always. The SMQ-II contains five montivation components: intrinsic motivation, self-determination, self-efficacy, career motivation, and grade motivation. Each component is measured with 5 separate items.

Access to the instrument as well as instrument documentation can be found under the relevant website(s) heading. Separate questionnaires to measure students' motivation to learn biology, chemistry, and physics specifically are also available.

Authors provide instrument validity and/or reliability information.


STELAR is not the author of these materials and cannot provide information on validity or permission for use. Permissions must be requested through the publisher or authors listed below.



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Feedback on this instrument from projects that have used it

July 24, 2015 - 8:28pm

Q:  In what context did you use this instrument (setting, population, project name)?

Response: We included selected items from the SMQ-II in pre- and post-survey surveys for youth participating in Studio, an afterschool tinkering program serving low-income middle and high school students (grades 6- 12) living in Seattle Public Housing. The majority of the youth are from East African immigrant communities. We also administered the pre- and post-surveys to comparison youth who did not participate in the program.

Q: Did you run into any limitations with this instrument? (Y/N)  If yes, please explain.

Response: We originally planned to use two of the subscales from the SMQ-II (intrinsic motivation and career motivation). Partly due to concerns about the length of our survey and the need to assess other program outcomes, we decided to use only a small number of the items (4) from the SMQ-II and instead use another scale to measure students' STEM career interests.

Q: Did this provide you with relevant information to address your research questions? (Y/N)  If yes, what question did this answer?

Response: Yes, in part (together with other survey items and additional instruments), the items helped us to address one of our research questions: “Does participation in STEM programming enhancements of the Studio program produce measurable impacts on youths’ interests and motivation in STEM?”

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Collaborative Research: Creating a STEM Pipeline for Low Income and Immigrant Youth (STUDIO: Build Our World)