ERIC Number: ED466951
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
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The Development of a Questionnaire for Assessing Students' Motivation toward Science Learning.
Tuan, Hsiao-Lin; Chin, Chi-Chin; Shieh, Shyang-Horng
The purpose of this study was to describe the development and validation of a questionnaire on students' motivation toward science learning (SMTSL). Researchers characterized the features of students' motivation toward science learning as self-efficacy, active learning strategies, science learning value, performance goal, achievement goal, and learning environment stimulation. These provided the basis for this study to develop SMTSL. A pilot study with 315 8th graders was held to revise the questionnaire. After the revision, a total of 35 items in the SMTSL constituting 6 sub-scales was administered to an effective sample of 1,407 Taiwanese junior high school students varying in grades, sex, and ability levels. Reliability and validity of the questionnaire were established based on Cronbach alpha, factor analysis, and correlation tests. The results indicated that Cronbach alpha for the entire questionnaire was 0.89; for each scale, alpha ranged from 0.70 to 0.89. There was significant correlation (p<.0001) of the SMTSL with students' science attitudes (r=0.41) and science academic achievement (r=0.38). Students with high, moderate, and low motivation toward science showed significant difference (p<.0001) on their SMTSL scores. Findings of the study confirmed the validity and reliability of the SMTSL questionnaire. (Contains 32 references.) (Author/MM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (New Orleans, LA, April 7-10, 2002).