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Student Attitudes Toward STEM (S-STEM) Survey Instrument & Codebook – Middle/High School (6-12th)

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Appropriate Use

The Middle/High School (6-12th) S-STEM Survey is intended to measure changes in students’ confidence and efficacy in STEM subjects, 21st century learning skills, and interest in STEM careers. The survey is available to help program coordinators make decisions about possible improvements to their program.

The Friday Institute grants you permission to use these instruments for educational, noncommercial purposes only. You may use an instrument as is, or modify it to suit your needs, but in either case you must credit its original source. By using this instrument you agree to allow the Friday Institute to use the data collected for additional validity and reliability analysis. The Friday Institute will take appropriate measures to maintain the confidentiality of all data.

Recommended citation for this survey:

Friday Institute for Educational Innovation (2012). Student Attitudes toward STEM Survey-Middle and High School Students, Raleigh, NC: Author.

The development of this survey was partially supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1038154 and by The Golden LEAF Foundation.

The following article can be cited when you are providing background validation on the S-STEM instrument. We encourage you to read the article in detail to better inform how you might utilize this instrument.

Unfried, A., Faber, M., Stanhope, D. & Wiebe, E. (2015). The development and validation of a measure of student attitudes toward science, technology, mathematics, and engineering. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment. doi: 10.1177/0734282915571160

You can access an online copy of this article at:

The framework for part of this survey was developed from the following sources:

Erkut, S., & Marx, F. (2005). 4 schools for WIE (Evaluation Report). Wellesley, MA: Wellesley College, Center for Research on Women. Retrieved April 5, 2012 from

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition.

Program Codebook

This codebook should help you navigate the raw data that you have received from your program. The first section, “General Information,” will give an overview of how to read the data. The second section, “Survey Codes,” will tell you how to interpret the numbers in the data that correspond to each survey item.

Related Resources

Survey Instrument – Student Attitudes Toward STEM (S-STEM) Survey: Development and Psychometric Properties

The S-STEM survey invites students to give information about their attitudes toward science, technology, engineering, and mathematics subjects, post-secondary pathways, and career interests. Two versions have been developed: one for 4-5th graders (the “Upper Elementary S-STEM”), and one for 6-12th graders (the “Middle/High School S-STEM”).

Survey Instrument – Student Attitudes Toward STEM (S-STEM) Survey: Tips for Using Your Data

These 5 steps are a useful process by which individuals/teams can organize efforts to learn about the impact of their program on participating students.


Maximizing the Impact of STEM Outreach through Data-Driven Decision-Making (MISO)

MISO is a campus-wide project that seeks to determine the collective STEM impact of NC State University through its pre-college outreach and extension programs.


September 20, 2012

Resource Type

Survey Instrument

Published By

Friday Institute for Educational Innovation

Suggested Citation

Friday Institute for Educational Innovation (2012). Student Attitudes toward STEM Survey-Middle and High School Students, Raleigh, NC: Author.