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Student Attitude toward Science

Instrument Instrument Focus Grade Level Type of Instrument Number of Questions Source

Views on Science-Technology-Society Instrument (VOSTS)

Assess attitudes to science

High school & college students

Multiple Choice

114

Aikenhead & Ryan (1992)

Science & Mathematics Course Survey

Gather feedback about the content, structure, and value of mathematics and science courses.

Science & Math Students (K-12)

Likert

34

OERL: Online Evaluation Resource Library

 Pretest for Computational Science Across the Curriculum

Gather student background information and attitudes about science

Postsecondary students

Likert

33

OERL: Online Evaluation Resource Library

Mathematics & Science Attitude Inventory

To measure student attitudes toward mathematics and science

High school & college students

Likert

62

OERL: Online Evaluation Resource Library

Scientific Attitude Instrument

To measure student attitudes toward science

High school & college students

Likert

60

Moore & Sutman (1970)

Scientific Attitude Instrument II

To measure student attitudes toward science

High school & college students

Likert

40

Moore & Foy (1997)

Views about Science Survey (VASS)

Survey student views about knowing and learning science

Grades 8 - 16

Multiple Choice

 

40

Halloun & Hestenes (1996)

 Pittsburgh Freshman Engineering Attitudes Survey

Survey student opinions and feelings about engineering

College Students

Likert

50

Besterfield-Sacre, Atman, & Shuman (1998)

Biology Attitude Scale

Detect and measure changes in attitude toward biology, but not intended to measure absolute attitude

 College Students

Likert and Semantic Differential

22

Russell & Hollander (1975)

Rogers & Ford (1997)

Attitudes Toward Science Inventory (ATSI)

Measures student perception of science teacher, anxiety toward science, value of science in society, self-concept in science, enjoyment of science, and motivation in science

College Students

Likert

 48

Gogolin (1992)

Original Modification of instrument by Sandman (1973) - cited in Gogolin article

 

References

Aikenhead, G. S., & Ryan A. G. (1992).  The development of a new instrument: Views on science-technology-society (VOSTS). Science Education, 76, 477-491.

Besterfield-Sacre, M. E., Atman, C. J., & Shuman, L. J. (1998). Engineering student attitudes assessment. Journal of Engineering Education, 87(2), 133-141.

Gogolin, L. & Swartz, F. (1992). A quantitative and qualitative inquiry into the attitudes toward science of nonscience college students. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 29, 487-504.

Halloun, I., &  Hestenes, D. (1996, April). Views about sciences survey: VASS. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, St. Louis, MO.

Moore, R. W., & Foy, R. L. H. (1997). The Scientific Attitude Inventory: A revision (SAI II). Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 34(4), 327-36.

Moore, R.W., & Sutman, F.X. (1970). The development, field test, and validation of an inventory of scientific attitudes. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 7, 85–94.

OERL: Online Evaluation Resource Library Accessed June 7, 2007: http://oerl.sri.com/home.html

Rogers, W. D., & Ford, R. (1997). Factors that affect student attitude toward Biology. Bioscene, 23(2), 3-5.

Russell, J. & Hollander, S. (1975). A biology attitude scale. The American Biology Teacher, 37(5), 270-273.

Sandman, R. S. (1980). The Mathematics Attitude Inventory: Instrument and User's Manual. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 11(2), 148-49.