STEM Beliefs


Psychosocial factors impact student outcomes in STEM. Thus, understanding how students view themselves in relation to STEM and their abilities in STEM, as well as knowing if students have the external support they need, can help you figure out how to best support your students.

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START has 5 different STEM belief measures. Explore them below!


STEM Interest

What are the students' attitudes towards and opinions about each STEM topic. What do they think about careers in STEM?

Learn more about STEM Interest.

Science Self-Efficacy

To what extent are students confident in their abilities to be successful in science? How do students interpret their ability to be successful with respect to the world around them?

Learn more about Science Self-Efficacy.

Science Identity

 How do students view themselves in relation to the scientific community? How much is being a scientist a part of their identity?

Learn more about Science Identity.


How do students view their intelligence? Is intelligence something that is flexible or is it rigid? 

Learn more about Mindset.

Motivational Resilience

Which students persevere when pursuing education and careers in STEM?

Learn more about Motivational Resilience.