About the Measure

Domains Mental health and wellbeing, Motivation, goal orientation and perseverance
Key stages Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5
Subscales Student strengths: Study skills; Note-taking and listening skills; Reading and comprehension skills; Writing and research skills; Test-taking strategies; Time management and organizational techniques; Time management (adolescent version only). Student liabilities: Low motivation; Test anxiety; Concentration and attention problems
Description The SMALSI is a self-report instrument designed to assess academic motivation and learning strategies. It consists of 7 strength scales and 3 Liability scales which together identify potential hindrances to individuals' academic progress. There are 2 versions available: Child Form (8-12 yrs)/ SMALSI-Teen Form (13-18 yrs).
Example I make sure I learn key words given in class or in my reading assignments
Link http://www.pearsonclinical.co.uk/Education/Assessments/SocialEmotionalBehaviourAssessments/SMALSI/SMALSI.aspx

Implementation details

No. of items 117
Format Likert
Respondent Self
Scoring Standardised
Time 20
Age 8-18
Cost single purchase $295
Cost per child Unlimited testin

Psychometric details

UK norms No
Cronbach's α .69-.92
Test retest Not reported
Inter-rater reliability Not reported
EFA Not reported
CFA Chi-square(10403)= 15020.783
CFI= 0.857
TLI= 0.854
RMSEA= 0.033
Criterion validity Behaviour Assessment System for Children: Student strengths negatively correlated with maladjustment/psychopathology, opposite for liability scores, r= [-.71,.79]
Construct validity Not reported
Concurrent validity Not reported
Predictive validity Based on SEM overall predictive validity was poor and regression showed only certain subscales were significant predictors
Responsiveness Not reported
Floor/Ceiling Not reported
References Chatham Stroud, K. & Reynolds, C. R. ( 2006). School Motivation and Learning Strategies Inventory Manual. Los Angeles, CA: Western Psychological Services.
Janzen, T., Cormier, D. C., Hetherington, J., Mrazik, M., & Mousavi, A. (2015). A Canadian investigation of the psychometric properties of the Student Motivation and Learning Strategies Inventory. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 30(3), 175–192. doi:10.1177/0829573515593711