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ERIC Number: EJ1041486
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6803
Development of an Instrument to Assess Attitudes toward Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
Guzey, S. Selcen; Harwell, Michael; Moore, Tamara
School Science and Mathematics, v114 n6 p271-279 Oct 2014
There is a need for more students to be interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers to advance U.S. competitiveness and economic growth. A consensus exists that improving STEM education is necessary for motivating more students to pursue STEM careers. In this study, a survey to measure student (grades 4-6) attitudes toward STEM and STEM careers was developed and administered to 662 students from two STEM-focused and three comprehensive (non-STEM-focused) schools. Cronbach's alphas for the whole survey and subscales indicated a high internal consistency. Statistically significant difference in means between students attending the STEM-focused and comprehensive schools on the two subscales of the survey and the overall survey were found. However, the explained variance for these results was approximately 1%. The survey is a useful tool to assess efficacy of STEM education programs on student attitudes toward STEM and STEM careers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Grade 5; Middle Schools; Grade 6
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Language: English
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