Tuesday, April 11, 2006

School Motivation and Learning Strategies Inventory (SMALSI) - fyi

This past week I made three more posts re: the concept of academic aptitude (combination of cognitive and conative abilities).

At last months NASP convention I ran across a new instrument that appears to have potential to tap some important non-cognitive aspects of a child's academic aptitude. The new scale is by Kathy Stroud and Cecil Reynolds and is called the School Motivation and Learning Strategies Inventory (SMALSI). I only had time to quickly page through the items at the publishers booth, so I currently have not reviewed the conceptual and/or psychometric underpinnings of the instrument. This is just an FYI post. Dr. Reynolds has graciously provided me a couple of pdf files that provide additional information regarding the SMALSI...they can be found by clicking here (some handout material) and here (ordering information).

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Anonymous said...

Dr. McGrew, this looks interesting and may be something that could be useful when planning interventions through an RtI model or any pre-referral model. Are you planning to review the conceptual and/or psychometric characteristices? I would be interested in getting your (and others) opinion of an instrument like this. Thanks!

Kevin McGrew said...

I hope to secure a copy sometime in the future, and if I do, I might offer up some insights. I would prefer that other readers of the blog, who may have a copy of the instrument, provide their insights. Is there anybody out there?