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ERIC Number: EJ1179327
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jun
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1931-7913
Validating Common Measures of Self-Efficacy and Career Attitudes within Informal Health Education for Middle and High School Students
Peterman, Karen; Withy, Kelley; Boulay, Rachel
CBE - Life Sciences Education, v17 n2 Article 26 Jun 2018
A common challenge in the evaluation of K-12 science education is identifying valid scales that are an appropriate fit for both a student's age and the educational outcomes of interest. Though many new scales have been validated in recent years, there is much to learn about the appropriate educational contexts and audiences for these measures. This study investigated two such scales, the DEVISE Self-Efficacy for Science scale and the Career Interest Questionnaire (CIQ), within the context of two related health sciences projects. Consistent patterns were found in the reliability of each scale across three age groups (middle school, high school, early college) and within the context of each project. As expected, self-efficacy and career interest, as measured through these scales, were found to be correlated. The pattern of results for CIQ scores was also similar to that reported in other literature. This study provides examples of how practitioners can validate established measures for new and specific contexts and provides some evidence to support the use of the scales studied in health science education contexts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (DHHS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Medical College Admission Test
Grant or Contract Numbers: R25GM129175; R25OD020246; P30GM103341; T32HL115505; P20GM113134