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Development and validation of the Dutch science motivation quesionnaire (DSMQ)

Stellmacher, Otto (2010) Development and validation of the Dutch science motivation quesionnaire (DSMQ).

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Abstract:Despite above average performance in science-related courses in secondary education, Dutch students seem to lack motivation for science studies in higher education (OECD, 2007). Interventions focused on this problem may profit from an instrument that can assess science motivation. Therefore, the aim of the study was to develop and validate a new Dutch science motivation questionnaire. Items covering fourteen personal and environmental science-related concepts of motivation were presented to both students in secondary education and university students.. After conducting factor analysis, both personal (intrinsic task motivation, performance motivation, utility value, competence belief, self efficacy, goal setting) and environmental factors (peer support, feedback) appeared in the factor structure. The reliability of the subscales and the total scale was satisfactory, measures of both construct and criterion validity showed that the questionnaire has initial potential for science motivation assessment in Dutch education.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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