Math-Science Partnership (MSP)—Motivation Assessment Program

Investigators: AnneMarie Conley, Greg Duncan, Thad Domina (with Marianne Bitler, UCI Department of Economics; and PI Stuart Karabenick and Martin Maehr, University of Michigan)

Graduate Student Researchers: Monica Colunga, Tran Dang, Erik Ruzek, Nayssan Safavian

Funding: National Science Foundation

The MSP—Motivation Assessment Program focuses on student motivation for mathematics and science; student confidence in their capabilities to do mathematical and scientific work; student interest, utility, and value for mathematics and science; student strategies and ways of doing mathematical and scientific work; and student beliefs about the nature of mathematics and science including epistemology (what counts as knowledge) and the nature of teaching and learning in these disciplines. The project has several goals:

  • To develop and make available reliable, valid, and practical tools to assess student motivational beliefs for mathematics and science, strategies for self-regulated learning, beliefs about the epistemology of mathematics and natural sciences, and beliefs about mathematics and science teaching and learning that can be used by mathematics and science classroom teachers to evaluate the effectiveness of their interventions
  • To increase teachers’ knowledge about the role of these beliefs and strategies as either mediators or moderators of instruction and how they are related to student achievement in mathematics and science, in a manner that informs the design and evaluation of interventions
  • To assist teachers by providing information about how student beliefs and strategies, and their linkages to student achievement, generalize or may differ as a function of gender, age, ethnicity, and SES.