Reducing the Administrative Demands of the Science Curiosity Scale (SCS): A Validation Study

29 Pages Posted: 25 May 2019

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Matt Motta

Annenberg Public Policy Center; Yale University - Law School

Daniel Chapman

Cultural Cognition Project at Yale Law School; Annenberg Public Policy Center

Kathryn Haglin

University of Pennsylvania - Annenberg Public Policy Center; Yale University - Law School

Dan M. Kahan

Yale University - Law School

Date Written: April 28, 2019

Abstract

Science curious people -- those who enjoy consuming science-related information -- are less likely to hold polarized views about contentious science. Consequently, science curiosity is of great interest to scholars across the social sciences. However, measuring science curiosity via the science curiosity scale (SCS; Kahan et al., 2017) is highly time intensive; potentially impeding its widespread usage. In this paper, we present two new methods for reducing SCS administration time. One method presents respondents with a randomly selected subset of items (the "Random Subset Method; RS"). The other asks all respondents a core set of just four items (the "Reduced-Form Method; RF"). In three nationally representative surveys of U.S. adults, we assess the construct, convergent, and predictive validity of these alternatives. Across studies, the RS and RF versions of the SCS appear to be well validated. We conclude by discussing how researchers can apply these insights into their own research.

Keywords: Science Opinion, Science Curiosity, Scale Validation, Measurement, Public Opinion

Suggested Citation

Motta, Matt and Chapman, Daniel and Haglin, Kathryn and Kahan, Dan M., Reducing the Administrative Demands of the Science Curiosity Scale (SCS): A Validation Study (April 28, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3379265 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3379265

Matt Motta (Contact Author)

Annenberg Public Policy Center ( email )

Yale University - Law School ( email )

Daniel Chapman

Cultural Cognition Project at Yale Law School ( email )

127 Wall St
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Annenberg Public Policy Center ( email )

Kathryn Haglin

University of Pennsylvania - Annenberg Public Policy Center ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

Yale University - Law School ( email )

Dan M. Kahan

Yale University - Law School ( email )

P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520-8215
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.culturalcognition.net/kahan

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