Average Review: 3 (3.8)

Beliefs about Science and School Science Questionnaire (BASSSQ)

Supplemental Information:

Assessment Type:

self-report

Scale:

5-point Likert scale

Publication Date:

Oct 04, 2011

Respondent:

27 high-school science teachers

Domain(s) Evaluated:

Attitude

Sample items:

Almost never Seldom Sometimes Often Always
1. Scientific observations depend on what scientists set out to find. 1 2 3 4 5
2. Scientific inquiry involves challenging other scientists' ideas. 1 2 3 4 5

Reliability:

internal consistency for 1st section = 0.51 and 2nd section = 0.81

Validity:

construct validity established

Frequency:

rarely

Administration time:

10 minutes

Requires a Computer:

No

Requires Internet Access:

No

Primary reference:

Aldridge, J., Taylor, P.C., & Chen, C.C. (1997). Development, validation and use of the Beliefs About Science and School Science Questionnaire (BASSSQ). Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research on Science Teaching, Chicago, Il.

Comments:

Although the survey was developed and validated for use with high school science teachers, it should also be suitable for use in the general adult population.

Other Reference:
Seyhan, H. G. & Türk, G. E. (2013). An investigation of the relationship between performance in the problem-solving laboratory applications and views about nature of science of pre-service science teachers. Social and Behavioural Sciences, 106 401-410.
This study made use of the BASSQ survey comparing it to other similar surveys and found that the internal consistency of BASSQ was 0.51 for the beginning section and 0.81 for the second section. The study found that administration of this questionnaire (and others) can increase and extend student teachers’ knowledge about the nature of science implying it is a valid survey resource.

STEM Criteria

Science

Yes

Technology

No

Engineering

No

Math

No
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Contact

Jill Aldridge, Ph.D.
Science and Mathematics Education Centre
Curtin University
j.aldridge@curtin.edu.au