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
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10; Secondary Education; High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Germany