Friday, October 31st, 2014

Student Personal Beliefs & Behaviors – Subjective Task Value: Utility (Eccles Items)


  1. In general, how useful is what you learn in math?a
  2. Compared to most of your other school subjects, how useful is what you learn in math?a
  3. How useful is learning math for what you want to do after you graduate and go to work?b

It is recommended that these items be used on a 7-point scale that is anchored at the endpoints and in the middle with the following options: Not at all useful (0), Somewhat useful (3), and Very useful (6).

a Adapted from Wigfield, A., et al. (1997). Change in children’s competence beliefs and subjective task values across the elementary school years: A 3-year study. Journal of Educational Psychology, 89(3), 451-469.
b Adapted from Eccles, J. S., & Wigfield, A. (1995). In the mind of the actor: The structure of adolescents’ achievement task values and expectancy-related beliefs. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 21(3), 215-225.

Descriptive Statistics:

Sample Items Alpha Mean Stan. Dev. Skewness

Middle School
3
.76 3.66 .91 -.44
High School
3
.71 4.03 .82 -.78

Total
3
.75 3.79 .90 -.55