Take a quick tour through the scales and items that have worked (and not worked) for a recent ITEST evaluation conducted with middle and high school students. Then look ahead to instruments we are considering for a new ITEST project that begins data collection with elementary school students this fall.
The Children's Science Curiosity Scale (CSCS) measures elementary school children's attitudes towards science in a learning context. Originally used with 5th grade students, it is comprised of 30 items, each using a 5-point Likert scale. Validity and reliability studies have been done on this scale.
The pearweb.org link provides a description of this scale, reviews of this scale, and the instrument itself.
The Engineering and Science Attitudes Assessment by Engineering is Elementary examines elementary school students’ (grades 2-5) attitudes towards science and engineering and knowledge of general engineering concepts and technology. This assessment includes 20 items, each measured on a 5-point Likert scale. This instrument has been tested for validity and reliability.
The Grit Scale is a set of measures designed to measure trait-level perseverance and passion for long-term goals. The Grit Scale comes in a 12-item form and an 8-item form (the Short Grit Scale, or Grit-S), and the 8-item form has been modified for use with children as well. All items are measured on a 5-point Likert scale.
The Science Teaching Efficacy Belief Instrument (STEBI) is used in many studies to measure science teaching self-efficacy and outcome expectancy in preservice elementary teachers. This 25-item instrument uses a 5-point Likert scale.
The STEBI-A is the version recommended for use with in-service teachers; the STEBI-B is the version recommended for use with pre-service teachers.
Sisters in Science is a hands-on, learn by doing, afterschool program centered around middle school girls. This video highlights 5th and 6th grade female students in the San Diego area who are building alternative forms of energy like solar panels and air meters.