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Science Motivation Questionnaire (SMQ)

Supplemental Information:

Assessment Type:

30 items Likert type

Scale:

5 point Likert-type scale

Publication Date:

Sep 16, 2010

Respondent:

High school and college

Domain(s) Evaluated:

Engagement, Attitude

Sample items:

The science I learn is more important to me than the grade I receive.

Reliability:

“Student scores were reliable and related to students’ high school preparation in science, GPA in college science courses (r = 0.56, p < 0.01), and belief in the relevance of science to their careers (r = 0.51, p < 0.01).

Validity:

An exploratory factor analysis provided evidence of construct validity.” Findings indicate that the SMQ is reliable in its internal consistency (ά = 0.93).

Frequency:

sometimes

Administration time:

15 minutes

Requires a Computer:

No

Requires Internet Access:

No

Primary reference:

Glynn, S.M., & Koballa, T.R. (2006). Motivation to learn college science. In Joel J. Mintzes and William H. Leonard (Eds.), Handbook of College Science Teaching (pp. 25-32). Arlington, VA: National Science Teachers Association Press.

Comments:

The anxiety about science assessment items are reverse scored. The SMQ maximum total score is 150 and the minimum is 30. Also has sub-tests: Biology Motivation Questionnaire; Physics Motivation Questionnaire; & Chemistry Motivation Questionnaire For the discipline-specific SMQ versions (like Biology Motivation Questionnaire), the words biology, chemistry, and physics are respectively substituted for the word science.

STEM Criteria

Science

Yes

Technology

No

Engineering

No

Math

No
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Contact

Shawn M. Glynn Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor Educational Psychology and Instructional Technology Mathematics and Science Education (Joint Appt.) University of Georgia sglynn@uga.edu