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,
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
Table 2: SCIQ Data for School X.
* 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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