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Table 7 Rotated factor loadings from the first factor analysis

From: Development and validation of the Value-Expectancy STEM Assessment Scale for students in higher education

Item no. Wording Factor loadings
1 2 3
Item 13 I would enjoy taking STEM courses .976 − .151 − .117
Item 12 The idea of being in a STEM class excites me .952 − .132  
Item 11 Being in a STEM class would be fun for me .936 − .133 − .107
Item 3 I find STEM-related jobs very interesting .773   − .141
Item 10 STEM classes are boring .725 .109 .208
Item 2 I would take a course in STEM even if it were not required .712   
Item 14 I dislike STEM courses (R) .687 .269 .239
Item 6 I would enjoy working in a STEM field .677 .186 − .127
Item 9 STEM is a good college major for me .660 .209 − .139
Item 5 STEM is an important field for me .624 .129 − .198
Item 8 I am not interested in a degree in STEM .623 .296 .155
Item 7 I would rather do something else than take on a STEM-related job .513 .406 .180
Item 19 I feel I would have something to be proud of as a STEM professional .463 .198 − .320
Item 10 STEM classes are boring − .123 .810 − .145
Item 22 I do not think I can achieve anything meaningful as a STEM professional (R)   .804  
Item 16 I would certainly feel useless in a STEM-related job (R)   .776 − .107
Item 20 I don’t think I will succeed in a STEM field (R)   .765 − .178
Item 1 Working in a STEM field would be a waste of my time (R) .222 .629 .122
Item 4 I don’t think working in a STEM field would help me achieve my professional aspirations (R) .352 .561 .180
Item 21 I would be able to succeed in a STEM field as well as most other people .142 .243 − .607
Item 17 I feel I have a number of good qualities to be successful in a STEM field .267 .219 − .607
Item 15 I feel I have what it takes to succeed in a STEM-related job .300 .280 − .528