Adaptation Process of the Mathematic Self-Efficacy Survey (MSES) Scale to Mexican-Spanish Language

Gustavo Morán-Soto, Juan Antonio Valdivia Vázquez*, Omar Israel González Peña

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Trained professionals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are needed for a robust, science-based economy that incorporates various technologies’ design, construc-tion, and commercialization to address societal problems. However, keeping students interested in STEM subjects and achieving optimal performance is a challenging task. Math self-efficacy has shown to be one of the most important factors affecting students’ interest in STEM majors and assessing this factor has been a great challenge for education researchers around the world due to the lack of calibrated and culturally adapted instruments. Observing this need, this seminal study conducted psychometric validation tests and cultural adaptations to the Mathematic Self-Efficacy Survey (MSES) aiming to measure this instrument in Spanish-speaking students in different STEM areas in Mexico. Data collected from 877 students were tested for validity using sequential exploratory factor analyses, and contextual modifications were performed and analyzed aiming to achieve cultural equivalency. Suggestions for continuing the adaptation and validation process of the MSES to Spanish language and STEM students’ context are presented with the results of the exploratory factor analyses.

Original languageEnglish
Article number798
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2022
Externally publishedYes

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • General Mathematics
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)


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