Youth Motivation and Interests in STEM

Ten Years of Youth Programs at The American Museum of Natural History: An Independent Perspective and Lessons Learned

In this report, Inverness Research summarizes their findings based on evaluating the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)'s high school program over 10 years. The report includes:

  • A discussion of the theory of action and the rationale that underlies the AMNH youth programs
  • A description of three of the programs that have been offered and the evolution in program design that has taken place over the years
  • A description of the core common features of the programs

READ MORE »

STEM Semantics Survey

The STEM Semantics Survey measures student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics as well as interest in STEM careers. The survey is comprised of five scales each with five items measured on a 7-point scale. The STEM Semantic Survey is appropriate for administration to middle school students and teachers.

The link below provides access to the instrument as well as information about the instrument.

Authors provide instrument validity and/or reliability information.

READ MORE »

Scientific Attitudes Inventory II (SAI II)

The Scientific Attitudes Inventory II (SAI II) assesses students' interest in science, their attitudes toward science, their views of scientists, and their desire to become scientists. The 40-item SAI II includes position statements of attitudes assessed and attitude statements that were originally included in the original SAI, with changes made only to improve readability and to eliminate gender-biased language. All items use a 5-point Likert scale.  

READ MORE »

Torrance® Tests of Creative Thinking (TTCT)

The Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking (TTCT) are the most widely used tests of their kind since testing only requires the examinee to reflect upon their life experiences. These tests invite examinees to draw and give a title to their drawings (pictures) or to write questions, reasons, consequences and different uses for objects (words). These instruments have been used for identification of the creatively gifted and as a part of gifted matrices in states and districts in the USA, especially in multicultural settings, and for special populations around the world.

READ MORE »

Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire (MSLQ)

The Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire (MSLQ) was developed to measure the types of learning strategies and academic motivation used by college students.  This is a 44-item instrument that uses a 7-point Likert scale.  

 

The MSLQ is both linked and attached, and its documentation is linked.

 

READ MORE »

Teacher Academic Support Scale

The Teacher Academic Support Scale measures a student's perceived support from teachers.The 4-item Teacher Academic Support Scale (Cronbach's et = .84) asks about perceived support for learning, such as 'My teachers like to help me learn.' 

READ MORE »

Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (MSPSS)

The Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (MSPSS) is a self-report measure of subjectively assessed social support.  This 12-item instrument uses a 5-point Likert scale.  It also has 3 subscales: significant other, family, and friends.

The linked article includes the MSPSS itself as well as its documentation, including its development, validity tests, and reliability tests.

Authors provide instrument validity and/or reliability information.

READ MORE »

Formative Assessment of Instruction (FASI)

This paper describes the process for creating and validating a Formative Assessment of Instruction (FASI), an assessment test that measures the effectiveness of instruction by probing how well that instruction causes students in a class to think like experts about specific areas of science.  

READ MORE »

Student Academic Support Scale (SASS)

The Student Academic Support Scale (SASS) is a method of assessing the frequency, importance, and mode of communicating academic support among college students.  The SASS is a 15-item scale that uses a 5-point Likert scale for each item.  

The link provided includes the SASS as well as its documentation.

Authors provide instrument validity and/or reliability information.

READ MORE »

Student Leadership Practices Inventory (Student LPI)

The Student Leadership Practices Inventory (Student LPI) offers students a 360º method for accurately assessing their leadership behavior based on the 'Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership.'  The self-assessment consists of 30 items, each measuring frequency of specific leadership behaviors on a 5-point Likert scale.  This self-assessment can be completed either online or in print.

READ MORE »

Pages