ERIC Number: EJ1093722
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
Measuring Adolescent Science Motivation
Schumm, Maximiliane F.; Bogner, Franz X.
International Journal of Science Education, v38 n3 p434-449 2016
To monitor science motivation, 232 tenth graders of the college preparatory level ("Gymnasium") completed the Science Motivation Questionnaire II (SMQ-II). Additionally, personality data were collected using a 10-item version of the Big Five Inventory. A subsequent exploratory factor analysis based on the eigenvalue-greater-than-one criterion, extracted a loading pattern, which in principle, followed the SMQ-II frame. Two items were dropped due to inappropriate loadings. The remaining SMQ-II seems to provide a consistent scale matching the findings in literature. Nevertheless, also possible shortcomings of the scale are discussed. Data showed a higher perceived self-determination in girls which seems compensated by their lower self-efficacy beliefs leading to equality of females and males in overall science motivation scores. Additionally, the Big Five personality traits and science motivation components show little relationship.
Descriptors: Grade 10, Questionnaires, Student Motivation, Science Instruction, Factor Analysis, Gender Differences, Self Determination, Self Efficacy, Personality Traits, Learning Motivation, Secondary School Students, Test Validity, Foreign Countries, Statistical Analysis, Likert Scales
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10; Secondary Education; High Schools
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Identifiers - Location: Germany