Educational and Career Interest Scale in Science, Technology and Math


The Educational and Career Interest scale, a self-report instrument measuring high school students’ educational and career interest in STEM, was developed and validated in two studies conducted during 2010 and 2011. Study 1 included data from 92 high school students, in which exploratory factor analysis (EFA) was conducted with an initial item pool of 20 items. EFA identified three factors: educational and career interest in science, educational and career interest in technology, and educational and career interest in mathematics. Study 2 utilized data from 658 students to revisit the three-factor model using confirmative factor analysis. The two studies provide strong evidence that the scale is both valid and reliable.


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STEM Career Opportunities and Workforce Development
Youth Motivation and Interests in STEM
Target Gradespan(s)
High school (9-12)
Additional Disciplines
Bioscience - general
Computer Science - general
Environmental Science - general
Mathematics - general
Additional Target Participants