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Attitude Toward Science in School Assessment (ATSSA)

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14 items 5-point Likert scale 7th and 8th grade students Attitude (Circle one choice.) <table border="1"> <tr> <td>(1)</td> <td>SA</td> <td>A</td> <td>N</td> <td>D</td> <td>SD</td> <td>Science is fun.</td> <tr> <td>(2)</td> <td>SA</td> <td>A</td> <td>N</td>…
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Changes in Attitudes about the Relevance of Science (CARS)

The tool was developed to measure:<br> (a) change of science-related attitudes over time among students; and<br> (b) the effect of similar curricula on the attitudes of different classes.
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Likert type 5-point Likert scale (strongly disagree, neutral, strongly agree) Middle and high School Students Attitude Science can help me to make better choices about various things.<br/> Learning science will have an effect on the way…
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Children's Environmental Attitudes & Social Knowledge Scale (CHEAKS)

Measures children's global attitudes and knowledge about environmental issues, such as animals, energy, pollution, recycling, water, and general issues.
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36 5-point-scale items (addressing attitude) & 30 multiple-choice questions (addressing knowledge) 5-point scale (for attitude questions) Initial study (grades 6-7) Subsequent studies (grade 8) Engagement, Attitude, Content <p> Attitude statement:<br/> I have asked my family to recycle some of the things we use. <br/> <br/> Knowledge statement:<br/>…
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Children's Science Curiosity Scale (CSCS)

Measures elementary school children's attitudes towards science in a learning context.
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30 5-point-scale items 5-point scale (strongly agree, agree, uncertain, disagree, strongly disagree) Initial study: 5th graders Engagement, Attitude Please read the following statements and circle the choice that most truthfully tells how you feel about the statement. <table…
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Children’s Attitudes Toward Technology Scale (CATS)

Although today's children have become the benefactors of an evolving technological society, few studies have addressed the assessment of their attitudes toward technology. This study describes the development of the Children's Attitude Toward Technology Scale (CATS) with 574 children in a rural school district. Principal components analysis of the CATS followed by varimax rotation indicated that item intercorrelations could be explained by two factors entitled "interest/aptitude" and "alternative preferences." Sub-scales at two test administrations demonstrated good internal consistency and moderate test-retest stability.
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26 items 4 item Likert scale (1 = strongly agree; 4 = strongly disagree) Elementary and middle school Engagement, Attitude People make a lot of money using technology. Technology is too difficult for me.
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Critical Thinking in Everyday Life

This tool is part of a larger evaluation system used to measure the life skills of decision making, critical thinking, problem solving, goal setting, communication, and leadership. The life skills (i.e., decision making, critical thinking, communication, problem solving, and goal setting) selected for this overall measure were thought to be the most commonly identified life skills emphasized in 4-H youth development curricula and program activities. <p>Critical thinking is defined as thinking that evaluates reasons and brings thought and actions in line with evaluations. This survey will assesses youth’s critical thinking ability by examining the frequency of use of the following skills that are needed to think critically.</p> 1. Reasoning<br> 2. Enquiry<br> 3. Analysis/Information Processing<br> 4. Flexibility<br> 5. Evaluation<br>
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20 point-scale questions 5-point Likert-type self-report questionnaire 12-18 years old Attitude, Competence <table> <tr> <td>#</td> <td>Item</td> <td>1</td> <td>2</td> <td>3</td> <td>4</td> <td>5</td> <tr> <td></td> <td></td> <td>Never</td> <td>Rarely</td> <td>Sometimes</td> <td>Often</td> <td>Always</td> <tr> <td>1.</td> <td>I…
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Discovery Inquiry Test in Science (DIT)

Measures students' ability to analyze and interpret data, extrapolate from one situation to another, and utilize conceptual understanding.
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29 multiple choice items (11 focusing on life science, 8 on physical science, 6 on earth and space science, and 4 on the nature of science); 20 items involve solving problems or conducting inquiry. NA Initial study: 6th-8th graders Content, Competence <p>A small animal with dry skin and no legs that hatches from an egg is probably</p> (a) a snake<br> (b)…
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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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New Ecological Paradigm Scale for Children (NEP-C)

The New Ecological Paradigm for Children is modeled after the New Ecological Paradigm (NEP) and the New Ecological Paradigm-Revised (NEP-Revised) for adults. The survey contains 10 questions assessing three subscales that contribute to one’s “environmental world view” including “rights of nature,” “eco-crisis,” and “human exceptionalism.”
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self-assessment 5-point Likert scale 672 fourth, fifth, and sixth graders Attitude <p>On a scale from 1 (strongly disagree) to 5 (strongly agree), please indicate how much you agree or disagree with…
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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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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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Robotics and GPS/GIS Interest Questionnaire (4-H)

The tool was created by 4H Nebraska to measure students’ (7-10th graders ) learning and attitudes towards science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The tool also assesses students’ attitude about GPS (Global Positioning Systems) and GIS (Geographical Imaging Systems).
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38 Closed-ended questions 5-point Likert type 12-15 years old Attitude <table> <tr> <td></td> <td></td> <td>Strongly Agree</td> <td>Agree</td> <td>Undecided or Neutral</td> <td>Disagree</td> <td>Strongly Disagree</td> <tr> <td>1.</td> <td>I'll need a good understanding…
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Science Opinion Survey (SOS)

Assesses current interest and attitudes in science activities at school.
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30 5-point scale items 5-point scale (I strongly agree, I agree, I'm not sure, I disagree, I strongly disagree) Initial study (grades 7-8) Subsequent studies (grades 6-8) Engagement, Attitude Science lessons are fun. Working in a science laboratory would be an interesting way to earn a living.
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Science Process Skills Inventory (SPSI)

The inventory consists of eleven items, each representing a different skill in the science inquiry process. Youth are prompted to respond to each statement using a 4-point Likert scale indicating how often they practice each of the items when doing science: Never (1), sometimes (2), usually (3), and always (4). Recommended scoring of the SPSI is the calculation of a composite science process skills score. This is calculated by summing the individual ratings for each item. The score range for the composite score is 11-44.
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11 Likert scale items 4 point Likert scale 106 middle school students (2007 and 2008). The inventory is intended for use with youth ages 12 and over. Engagement, Attitude I can use scientific knowledge to form a question. I can use the results of my investigation to answer the…
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Scientific Attitude Inventory: A Revision (SAI II)

Assesses students interest in science, their attitudes toward science, their views of scientists, and their desire to become scientists.
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40 5-point scale items 5-point scale 6th, 9th, and 12th grade students Engagement, Attitude, Competence Only highly trained scientists can understand science. The search for scientific knowledge is boring.
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Self Efficacy and Metacognition Learning Inventory- Science (SEMLI-S)

The tool assesses students’ metacognition, self- efficacy and constructivist science learning processes.
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30-item closed-ended questions 5-point Likert scale (1 = never or almost never; 2 = sometimes; 3 = about half the time; 4 = frequently; 5 = always or almost always) 465 students of forms two to seven (13–18 years of age) Attitude 1) I seek to connect what I learn from out-of-class science activities (e.g. field trips or science museum visits) with…
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Self-Concept and Competence Scale in Physics

Student’s Interest in Physics as a School Subject. This part of the questionnaire contained three items in which the students rated on a 5-point Likert scale their interest in physics courses in general, in relation to the physics course they have at present, and in relation to other science and non-science courses.
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Likert scale Five-point Likert scale Middle school Engagement, Competence 1. How interested you are in learning physics in connection with a particular orientation? 2. How often in the last…
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Survey of Attitudes Towards Astronomy

This instrument includes a pre-test and post-test on students attitudes towards astronomy. Four factors, including affect, cognitive competence, perceived value, and perceived difficult of astronomy are assessed.
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self-report 5-point Likert scale Attitude Astronomy is a subject learned quickly by most people. I will be under stress during astronomy class. I am scared…
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Test of Mathematics Related Attitudes (TOMRA)

This instrument is for measuring the attitudes toward math class of middle school students.
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Likert scale Five-point Likert scale 5th grade students Attitude 1. I enjoy reading about things which disagree about my previous ideas. 2. Mathematics lessons are fun. 3. I am…
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Test of Science Related Attitudes (TOSRA)

Assesses science-related attitudes along seven dimensions: social implications of science, normality of scientists, attitude toward scientific inquiry, adoption of scientific attitudes, enjoyment of science lessons, leisure interest in science, & career interest in science.
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70 5-point scale items (10 questions from 7 subscales) 5-point scale (strongly disagree, disagree, not sure, agree, strongly agree) Original study: 7th-10th graders Engagement, Attitude I would prefer to do experiments than to read about them. A job as a scientist would be interesting.
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Views about Science Survey (VASS)

Probes personal beliefs about the nature of science within 3 scientific dimensions (structure, methodology, and validity of science) and learning science within 3 cognitive dimensions (learnability, reflective thinking, and personal relevance of science).
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30 multiple choice items (13 related to scientific dimensions, 17 related to cognitive dimensions) set up as contrasting alternatives design (CAD) 5-point scale (most a, rarely b; more a than b; equally a & b; more b than a; mostly b, rarely a) 8th-16th graders Engagement, Attitude, Content, Competence Learning physics requires:<br> (a) a serious effort.<br> (b) a special talent.<br> <table> <tr> <td>&#9474;</td> <td>1</td> <td>&#9474;</td> <td>2</td> <td>&#9474;</td> <td>3</td> <td>&#9474;</td>…
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Wareing Attitudes toward Science Protocol (WASP)

Relationships among attitudes of students toward science, as measured by the WASP (Wareing Attitudes Toward Science Protocol), perceived antecedents of such attitudes, and class achievement or performance indicated by reported grades were investigated for a survey sample of 1,740 students in 87 high school science classes from five communities. Additionally, students' self-reported number of tests administered in a given course, perceived rewards, degree of stress, and internal structure of the course were examined as potential predictor variables. Results indicate a significant correspondence between report card grades, degree of structure, degree of stress, gender, degree of rewards, number of tests, and students' attitudes toward science.
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50 items on 5 point Likert scale 5 point Likert scale (strongly agree, agree, neutral, disagree, strongly disagree) 1,740 students in 87 high school science classes from five communities Engagement, Attitude <table border="1"> <tr> <td></td> <td>SA</td> <td>A</td> <td>U</td> <td>D</td> <td>SD</td> <tr> <td>I am a curious person.</td> <td>&#9633;</td> <td>&#9633;</td> <td>&#9633;</td> <td>&#9633;</td> <td>&#9633;</td>…
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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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