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Table 8 Rotated factor loadings (second factor analysis), means, and standard deviations

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

Item no. Wording Factor loadings M SD
1 2
Item 12 The idea of being in a STEM class excites me .969 3.85 .94
Item 13 I would enjoy taking STEM courses .968 4.00 .87
Item 11 Being in a STEM class would be fun for me .930 3.94 .89
Item 10 STEM classes are boring .797 3.95 .86
Item 14 I dislike STEM courses (R) .772 4.03 .87
Item 3 I find STEM-related jobs very interesting .761 4.24 .82
Item 2 I would take a course in STEM even if it were not required .713 3.98 .95
Item 8 I am not interested in a degree in STEM .687 4.10 1.06
Item 6 I would enjoy working in a STEM field .672 4.18 .91
Item 9 STEM is a good college major for me .652 4.00 1.01
Item 5 STEM is an important field for me .598 4.27 .77
Item 7 I would rather do something else than take on a STEM-related job .584 3.77 1.04
Item 4 I don’t think working in a STEM field would help me achieve my professional aspirations (R) .425 4.15 1.03
Item 19 I feel I would have something to be proud of as a STEM professional .406 4.33 .74
Item 18 I don’t think I can make an impact if I take on a STEM-related job (R) .858 4.07 .93
Item 20 I don’t think I will succeed in a STEM field (R) .836 4.07 .95
Item 16 I would certainly feel useless in a STEM-related job (R) .792 4.19 .87
Item 22 I do not think I can achieve anything meaningful as a STEM professional (R) .774 4.26 .83
Item 21 I would be able to succeed in a STEM field as well as most other people .663 4.03 .87
Item 17 I feel I have a number of good qualities to be successful in a STEM field .635 4.17 .74
Item 15 I feel I have what it takes to succeed in a STEM-related job .633 4.07 .86
Item 1 Working in a STEM field would be a waste of my time (R) .481 4.54 .75