Youth Motivation and Interests in STEM

Revised Simpson-Troost Attitude Questionnaire (STAQ-R)

The Revised Simpson-Troost Attitude Questionnaire (STAQ-R) is a revised version of the original tool – the Simpson Troost Attitude Questionnaire (STQ), a 58-item Likert type scale created by Simpson and Troost in 1982.  Used with middle school students, the STAQ-R is comprised of 22 items, and each is measured on a 5-point Likert scale.  


Piers-Harris Children’s Self-Concept Scale, 2nd Edition (Piers-Harris 2)

The Piers-Harris 2 provides an overall view of an individual’s self-perception and helps identify children, adolescents, and teenagers who may require further testing and possibly treatment.  It is used in both educational and clinical settings to identify specific problem areas, coping and defense mechanisms, and develop suitable intervention techniques.  The Piers-Harris 2 is available as a handscored Autoscore™ Form.


Personal Globe Inventory (PGI)

The Personal Globe Inventory (PGI) is an inventory that assesses interests and self-estimates of ability in a wide variety of areas.  It provides a wealth of information that can be used in career and educational planning. There are two versions of the PGI: the PGI and the PGI-Short.  The PGI can be accessed online or through a downloadable Windows file.  


Occupational Values Scale

The Occupational Values Scale measures occupational values appropriate for middle school students.  This measure contains four value subscales of 4 items each: two male sex-typed (money, power) and two female sex-typed (family, altruism). Participants rated the importance of each item using response options on a Likert scale ranging from “not at all important” (1) to “very important” (4).


The linked article provides documentation for this instrument.



Modified Fennema Sherman Mathematics Attitude Scale

The Fennema-Sherman Mathematics Attitude Scale measures student attitudes towards mathematics. The survey consists of 4 subscales, each designed to measure confidence, math as a male domain, teacher perception, and usefulness.

The link provides access to documentation for the Modified Fennema Sherman Mathematics Attitude Scale as well as reviews of the scale.

Authors provide instrument validity and/or reliability information.


Middle School Self-Efficacy Scale

The Middle School Self-Efficacy Scale is a measure of career decision-making self-efficacy; career decision-making outcome expectancies, intentions, and goals; math and science self-efficacy; and math and science outcome expectancies, intentions, and goals.  Items on career decision-making self-efficacy were modified from the Career Decision-Making Self-Efficacy Scale (Taylor & Betz, 1983).


Grit Scale

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.


Draw-a-Scientist Test (DAST)

The Draw-a-Scientist Test is an open-ended projective test that assesses children's conceptual images of scientists.  The DAST is evaluated using a 7-point scale based on the presence of the following components in drawing: lab coat, eyeglasses, facial growth of hair, symbols of research, symbols of knowledge, technology & relevant captions.

The link provides the DAST, its documentation, and reviews.


Changes in Attitudes about the Relevance of Science (CARS)

The Changes in Attitudes about the Relevance of Science (CARS) instrument was developed to measure (a) change of science-related attitudes over time among middle school and high school students, and (b) the effect of similar curricula on the attitudes of different classes.  This instrument uses 25 items, each using a 5-point Likert scale.  There are three forms of this instrument (A, B, and C); these forms share 8 items, and the other 17 items are unique to the form.


CAPA Explore

CAPA Explore is an online series of assessments that allow individuals to explore college majors.  It includes an Interest Inventory and a Confidence Inventory.  The Interest Inventory yields results in six general categories (enterprising, artistic, social, investigative, conventional, and realistic), each with between 3-9 specific sub-scales correlating to an academic interest area.