Average Review: 3 (3.0)

Attitude Toward Science in School Assessment (ATSSA)

Supplemental Information:

Assessment Type:

14 items

Scale:

5-point Likert scale

Publication Date:

Dec 02, 2010

Respondent:

7th and 8th grade students

Domain(s) Evaluated:

Attitude

Sample items:

(Circle one choice.)
(1) SA A N D SD Science is fun.
(2) SA A N D SD I do not like science and it bothers me to study it.

Reliability:

Cronbach alpha = 0.851 and 0.822 | CFA compared to General Attitude scale suggest high loading (range from 0.453 to 0.859)

Validity:

Initially, the instrument had 34 questions, but after several grueling validation processes, the tool was pruned down to 14 questions. Total Variance ranged between 59.2 -69.8. Item correlation ranged from .61 to .89

Frequency:

rarely

Administration time:

10 minutes

Requires a Computer:

No

Requires Internet Access:

No

Primary reference:

Germann, P. J. (1988). Development of the Attitude toward science in school assessment and its use to investigate the relationship between science achievement and attitude toward science in school. Journal of Research in Science Teaching. 25(8), 689-703.

Comments:

Other References:
Peleg. R. & Tsabari. B. A. (2011). Atom Surprise: Using Theatre in Primary Science Education. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 20:508-524.
Failed to report internal consistency data when this tool is applied to grade 1 and 2 student.

Reid, T. (2014). Development and Validation of an Instrument Assessing Preschool Children’s Attitude Towards Science. Honolulu: University of Hawaii, 1-54
The study modifies the attitude toward science in school assessment (ATSSA) for preschoolers. Analysis suggested strong reliability of the measure. Cronbach’s Alpha coefficient was 0.851 and 0.822 with a unifactorial structure of the modified ATSSA scale. Confirmatory factor analysis of the modified scale compared to the General Science Attitude factor (range 0.453 to 0.859) suggests high loadings of the items. Therefore possible inclusion for a new scale of ATSSA as it is specifically designed for younger children (preschool) rather than grade 7 and 8 from the original ATSSA scale, especially considering the lack of internal consistency reported the original scale with younger children (Peleg and Tsabari, 2011)

STEM Criteria

Science

Yes

Technology

No

Engineering

No

Math

No
Contact

Paul Germann 209 Grant Street Kahoka, MO 63445 660-727-2655 germannp@centurytel.net