Tuesday, August 9th, 2022

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

  1. Compared to most of your other school subjects, how important is it for you to be good at math?a
  2. I feel that, to me, being good at solving problems which involve math or reasoning mathematically is important.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 important (0), Somewhat important (3), and Very important (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
.66 3.50 .96 -.31
High School
.67 3.79 .94 -.54

.67 3.61 .96 -.38