Relevance of Science Education (ROSE) Student Questionnaire

Assesses children's interest in, attitude towards, and experiences in science and technology, as well as their opinion about environmental challenges and career aspirations.

Average Review: 3 (3.3)

by James Larson, Teacher, Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School, 3

The Relevance of Science Education (ROSE) instrument is a lengthy questionnaire that probes for students’ understanding of and interest in science. There are close to 250 questions, with all but one being multiple-choice, spanning 10 different sub-scales. The sub-scales ask students about their scientific knowledge, experiences and curiosities, as well as their career interests. Strengths and Suitable Uses: • Extensive inventory of students’ existing scientific knowledge and interests • More well suited as a pre- and post-assessment of scientific knowledge and attitudes for extended, general science programs (e.g., school science programs). • Could be used as a survey of students’ attitudes about science, technology and the environment. Limitations • Length of tool needs to be taken into consideration, especially given that is designed to be used with teenagers • Many out-of-school time programs select certain content areas to focus on during their science programming. Given the wide range of science content areas addressed in this instrument, this is perhaps not the best tool to be used for pre- and post-assessment of students’ engagement and attitudes towards science. In other words, one might find increases in engagement and positive attitude on the few items that refer to the content area addressed in the programming, but the effects will be hard to statistically identify due to the breadth of this instrument. • Interesting questions about students’ impressions of school science, but no corresponding sub-scale for students’ feelings about out-of-school time science (there is, however, a sub-scale about the types of scientific experiences students have encountered in out-of-school time)