Measuring Elementary Student’s Mathematics Motivation: A Validity Study



The psychometric properties of a 10-item math motivation scale were empirically validated with an independent sample consisting of 182 elementary-school students. Analysis of the model dimensionality supported a one-factor structure fit. Item parameter estimates from a Classical Test Theory framework revealed that most items were highly discriminating, and the survey is informative for students of low to average math motivation. Differential item functioning (DIF) analyses found two items exhibiting gender bias. Overall, the instrument was a psychometrically valid instrument for measuring math motivation at the elementary level.


Elementary students Math motivation Scale development Test validity 

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© Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of California RiversideRiversideUSA

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