The Motivation and Engagement Scale (MES)

Created along the Motivation and Engagement Wheel, the Motivation and Engagement Scale consists of eleven motivation and engagement subscales congruent with the eleven first-order factors in the Wheel (i.e., self-efficacy, valuing, mastery orientation, planning, task management, persistence, anxiety, failure avoidance, uncertain control, self-handicapping, and disengagement). The eleven subscales can be separated into four major groups representing the four higher-order motivation and engagement factors (i.e., adaptive cognition, adaptive behaviour, impeding cognition, and maladaptive behaviour). Each of the eleven MES subscales comprises four items—hence, the MES is a 44-item instrument. To respond to the MES, a 7-point Likert-type scale, ranging from 1 (strongly disagree) to 7 (strongly agree), is provided—with a 1(strongly disagree) to 5 (strongly agree) scale for use with elementary/primary school students. MES has been adapted for use in 3 different educational stages (primary/elementary school MES-Junior School, high school (MES), university/college MES-University/College) and 3 additional performance domains (Music MES-Music, Work MES-Work, Sport MES-Sport)

Content

Topics
Outcome Orientation,
Self Management
Skills
Motivation, Engagement
Subskills

Self Efficacy, Valuing, Mastery Orientation, Project Planning, Task Management, Persistence, Anxiety, Failure Avoidance, Self/Inhibitory Control, Self-handicapping, Disengagement

Grades
6th Grade,
7th Grade,
8th Grade,
9th Grade,
10th Grade,
11th Grade,
12th Grade,
Post secondary

Administration Information

Length
10-15 minutes
Price

Option 1- $96.45
-Includes MES pdf, user manual, scoring and profile templates, Excel data entry template, testing guidelines

Option 2- $333.87
-Option 1 + complete Excel data file (once all respondents take MES)

Option 3- $519.35
-Option 1&2 + inclusion of norms (Motivation Quotient-similar to IQ score, Motivation Grades A, B, C, or D) for each student on all 11 motivation factors in Excel file, scoring of raw student data

Option 4- $667.74
-Options 1-3 + set of individual motivation and engagement student profiles and student tip sheets (tip sheet includes advice sheets for all 11 parts of M&E Wheel)

Option 5-$1334.27
-Includes Options 1-4 + school report (school report includes results on 11 factors as a school, broken down by grade and gender, all compared against norms, and difference of genders and grades from norms is also reported)

Training
None
Qualifications
Must be affiliated with a school or a psychologist/counselor (Not available for parents to purchase)
Administration
Individual,
Paper
Professional
Professional

Access and Use

Contact

Corresponding Author:
Andrew J Martin
Education & Social Work Faculty, Univ. of Sydney
andrew.martin@sydney.edu.au
andrew.martin@unsw.edu.au

Peer-Reviewed Study Citations

Elphinstone, B., & Tinker, S. (2017). Use of the Motivation and Engagement Scale–University/College as a Means of Identifying Student Typologies. Journal of College Student Development, 58(3), 457–462. doi: 10.1353/csd.2017.0034

Psychometrics

Scoring
Manual scoring
Referencing
Norm-referenced
Open Access
No
Used in Peer-Reviewed Research
Yes