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Modified Attitudes towards Science Inventory (mATSI)

Supplemental Information:

  • Modified_ATSI_with_scoreing.pdf (84.1 KB) download

Assessment Type:

25 5-point scale items

Scale:

5-point scale (strongly agree, agree, neutral, disagree, strongly disagree)

Publication Date:

Nov 07, 2008

Respondent:

5th grade students

Domain(s) Evaluated:

Engagement, Attitude

Sample items:

SD SA
10. Science teachers make science interesting. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
11. No matter how hard I try, I can not understand science. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
12. I feel tense when someone talks to me about science. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)

Reliability:

Adequate

Validity:

Adequate

Frequency:

rarely

Administration time:

25 minutes

Requires a Computer:

No

Requires Internet Access:

No

Primary reference:

Weinburgh, M.E. & Steele, D. (2000). The modified attitudes toward science inventory: Developing an instrument to be used with fifth grade urban students. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 6(1), 87-94.

Comments:

The author (Weinburgh) of the ATSI revised her original instrument in order to make it reliable for urban African-American 5th grade students and reduce administration time.

Other References:
Buck, G. A., Cook, K. L., Quigley, C. F., Prince, P. & Lucas, Y. (2014). Seeking to improve African American Girl‘s Attitudes towards Science. The Elementary School Journal, 114(3) 431-453.
Study made use of mATSI to gain an understanding of the participants before any intervention action was taken. The study used a modified version of the survey to be able to measure fifth-grade African American girls and boys. The adjusted version was assessed finding maintained validity to the original survey.

Akarsu, B. & Kariper, A. (2013). Upper Secondary School Pupils’ Attitudes towards Natural Science. European Journal of Physics Education, 4(1), 78-87.
This study made use of a combined version of this questionnaire (combined with Children’s Science Curiosity Scale (CSCS)). Simultaneous and convergent validity was established through factor analysis, adequate levels for both were found. The reliability was established using the coefficient alpha (exact values not reported).

STEM Criteria

Science

Yes

Technology

No

Engineering

No

Math

No