Tuesday, August 9th, 2022

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

  1. Math concepts are valuable because they will help me in the future.
  2. Math will be useful for me later in life.
  3. Math is practical for me to know.
  4. Math helps me in my daily life outside of school.
  5. Being good at math will be important when I get a job or go to college.
  6. In general, how useful is what you learn in math?a
  7. Compared to most of your other school subjects, how useful is what you learn in math?a
  8. 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
8 .88 3.64 .81 -.48
High School
.85 4.04 .72 -.95

.88 3.78 .80 -.62