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Epistemological Views Toward Science

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35 items, 5-point Likert scale 1-5 Likert scale (strongly agree, agree, neutral, disagree, strongly disagree) 613 high school students (301 males and 312 females) gathered from eight high schools north, central, and south areas of Taiwan. Engagement, Career
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Is science me?

This instrument was developed for a study looking at an ethnically and economically diverse sample of 33 high school students to explore why some who were once very interested in science, engineering, or medicine (SEM) majors or careers decided to leave the pipeline in high school while others persisted.
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(68) 3-point items, (44) 4-point items, (20) 5-point items, (44) multiple choice Various point scales, including 3-, 4-, and 5-point scales 33 diverse high school students, attending six public high schools in four California districts. Engagement, Attitude, Competence, Career <p>12. For your science class this year, how much do you agree or disagree with the following statements? If you…
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National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Science Assessment Instrument

Evaluates students' knowledge of three fields of science (earth, physical, and life), three elements of knowing and doing science (conceptual understanding, scientific investigation, and practical reasoning), and two overarching domains in science (the nature of science and themes-systems, models, and patterns-present in science).
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Multiple choice, short constructed response questions, and extended constructed response questions NA 4th, 8th and 12th grade students Attitude, Content, Competence, Career <b>4th Grade</b><br> List four ways that the Earth is different from the moon. <p><b>8th Grade</b><br> What property of water is…
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Pre-College Middle School Survey for Engineering

Using the pre-college suite of surveys you can determine whether specific activities met your objectives and use this information to improve activities and make evaluation decisions. Specifically, the instruments assess the following topics: Course-taking plans for high school, whether participant intends to study science, engineering, or computer, what participant knows about what engineers, scientists, or computer scientists do, what factors (if any) about being an engineer, scientist, or computer scientist appeal to participant, events or persons that influenced participants' study plans, participant skill and confidence level in areas that are important for successfully completing a science, engineering, or computer degree, where participants plan to study science, engineering, or computer science/engineering, her/his satisfaction with the quality of the activity in which she/he has participated.
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Likert scale Three or Four-point Likert scale Middle school students Competence, Career <p>My goals for participating in this activity were to: (check all that apply)</P> A. Have fun.<br> B. Learn more about…
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Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)

Assesses how well students can apply the scientific knowledge and skills they have learned at school to real-life challenges.
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multiple-choice various 4-point scales 15-and 16-year olds Engagement, Attitude, Competence, Career How much do you agree with the statement(s) below? I am interested in learning about science. Broad science is valuable…
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Revised Simpson-Troost Attitude Questionnaire (STAQ-R)

Revised Simpson-Troost Attitude Questionnaire (STAQ-R) is a revised version of the original tool – Simpson Troost Attitude Questionnaire (STQ), a 58-item Likert type scale created by Simpson and Troost in 1982. For reference, please see Simpson, R. D., & Troost, K. M. (1982). Influences on commitment to and learning of science among adolescent students. Science Education, 66, 763-781.
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5 point Likert scale ranging from “strongly agree” to “strongly disagree” with an option of a neutral response (undecided/uncertain). 22 items Likert scale 1812 middle school students (grades 6th - 8th). 1754 responses were analyzed. Engagement, Attitude, Career We do a lot of fun activities in science class. I always try hard, no matter how difficult the work.…
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Revised Women in Science Scale (WISS-R)

Women in Science Scale-Revised (WiSS-R) is a revised version of the original tool - Women in Science Scale (WiSS), a 27-item Likert type scale created by Erb & Smith in 1984. For reference, please see Erb, T. O., & Smith, W. S. (1984). Validation of the Attitude Toward Women in Science Scale for Early Adolescents. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 21, 391–397.
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6 point Likert scale ranging from “strongly agree” to “strongly disagree” with no option of a neutral response. 14 items Likert scale 1439 middle school students (grades 6th -9th). 1350 responses were analyzed. Attitude, Career Women can be as good in science as men can. A woman’s basic responsibility is to raise children.
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Science Motivation Questionnaire II -(SMQ II) ©Shawn M. Glynn

The Science Motivation Questionnaire II is a reliable and validated survey that assesses science motivation based on 5-factors (intrinsic motivation, self-efficacy, career motivation, self-determination, grade motivation).
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self-assessment 5-point Likert scale 680 science and nonscience undergraduate majors Engagement, Attitude, Career “Learning science makes my life more meaningful” and “I will use science problem-solving skills in my career”
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Students Leaving Engineering Survey

Retention of students in engineering continues to be of concern. To best address this area, we need to know what contributes to both students persisting in engineering and what contributes to their leaving.
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Likert scale Five-point Likert scale Undergraduates Career The following is a list of factors that may have influenced your decision to transfer out of engineering. For each…
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Students Persisting in Engineering Survey

Retention of students in engineering continues to be of concern. To best address this area, we need to know what contributes to both students persisting in engineering and what contributes to their leaving.  The persisting in engineering instrument is designed to measure both male and female student’s reasons for persisting in engineering programs.
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Likert scale Five-point Likert scale Undergraduates Career The following are factors associated with your engineering education. For each factor, choose a number between 0 and 4 to…
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Youth Engagement, Attitudes and Knowledge Survey (4-H)

This survey is developed based on several other youth surveys, and includes questions on several youth development and STEM factors, including student demographics, life skills, decision making skills, critical thinking skills, etc. The survey is created for broader 4H community, but can also be applied outside it.
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some parts of the survey are multiple choice, and the majority of the questions are point-scale 4-point Likert scale (Strongly disagree, disagree, agree, strongly agree) 9-18 years old 4H participants Engagement, Attitude, Competence, Career I joined 4-H because... (select all that apply.) <table border="1"> <tr> <td>a.</td> <td>Of the types of activities that you get…
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