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ERIC Number: EJ1073540
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-0734-2829
The Development and Validation of a Measure of Student Attitudes toward Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (S-STEM)
Unfried, Alana; Faber, Malinda; Stanhope, Daniel S.; Wiebe, Eric
Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, v33 n7 p622-639 Oct 2015
Using an iterative design along with multiple methodological approaches and a large representative sample, this study presents reliability, validity, and fairness evidence for two surveys measuring student attitudes toward science, technology, engineering, and math (S-STEM) and interest in STEM careers for (a) 4th- through 5th-grade students (Upper Elementary S-STEM) and (b) 6th- through 12th-grade students (Middle/High S-STEM). Findings from exploratory factor analysis (EFA) and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) suggested the use of a four-factor structure to measure student attitudes toward science, math, engineering/technology, and 21st century skills. Subject matter experts and literature reviews provided evidence of content validity. Reliability levels were high for both versions. Furthermore, both the Upper Elementary S-STEM and Middle/High S-STEM Surveys demonstrated evidence of configural, metric, and scalar invariance across grade levels, races/ethnicities, and genders. The findings support the validity of interpretations and inferences made from scores on the instruments' items and subscales.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina
IES Grant or Contract Numbers: DUE-1038154