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Using the SCIQ

The SCIQ exists in two accompanying forms. All staff that teach science as part of their regular classroom duties are required to complete both forms honestly and accurately. The actual form allows participants to identify how things actually are in the environment being evaluated. The preferred form is concerned with participants’ perceptions of the environment preferred. As an example an item such as, “Teachers at this school are intrinsically interested in teaching science”, in the actual form is worded, “Teachers at this school would be intrinsically interested in teaching science”, in the preferred form. The response scale on both forms is a five-point scale including Strongly Disagree, Disagree, Not Sure, Agree, Strongly Agree.

Scoring the SCIQ

The 49 items in the SCIQ are arranged in cyclic order.
1. Professional Knowledge: Items 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 36, 43
2. Professional Attitude and Interest: Items 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 37, 44
3. Resource Adequacy: Items 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 38, 45
4. Professional Adequacy: Items 4, 11, 18, 25, 32, 39, 46
5. School Ethos: Items 5, 12, 19, 26, 33, 40, 47
6. Time: Items 6, 13, 20, 27, 34, 41, 48
7. Professional Support: Items 7, 14, 21, 28, 35, 42, 49

Step One: All items are given a score Strongly Disagree (1), Disagree (2), Neither Agree nor Disagree (3), Agree (4), Strongly Agree (5). Note that some underscored items are reverse scored ie. Strongly Agree becomes 1 and Strongly Disagree becomes 5.
Step Two: Add the scores for each scale for each questionnaire. Note individual trends for items as you are adding these scores.
Step Three: Calculate the mean for each scale for each questionnaire. The total for each scale is divided by 7.
Step Four: Calculate the mean and, if desired, standard deviation, for each scale for the total staff.
Step Five: Make a table and graph (profile) of the results. Examples are shown below Table 2 & Figure 1.
Step Six: Use this information as the basis for staff discussion and reflection. Identify areas in which improvement is identified. Discuss strategies for improvement and implement courses of action based on this discussion.
Step Seven: Reflect on progress through further data collection and discussion.

Table 2: SCIQ Data for School X.

Scale Mean Score* Standard Deviation**
Resource Adequacy 4.0 0.09
Time 2.8 0.81
School Ethos 3.9 0.20
Professional Support 3.7 0.40
Professional Adequacy 3.5 0.24
Professional Knowledge 3.6 0.14
Professional Attitudes 3.8 0.28

* 1 (very low) to 5 (very high)
** High values indicate a wide range in responses amongst staff

Figure 1: SCIQ Profile for School X.

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