My Class Inventory-Short Form (MCI-SF)

This measure is for childrenThis is a free measure

The My Class In9ventory-Short Form asks students 25 yes or no questions about five domains of their classroom environment: friction, competitiveness, satisfaction, difficulty, and cohesion. It was designed for elementary school students and tested in schools across Australia. A study done with 2,800 upper elementary students in the United States improved this form by creating an 18-item measure that was found to be more reliable than the original version. This shorter form measures friction, competitiveness, satisfaction, and cohesion. Both measures are scored the same way: A yes response is 3 points, a no is 1 point, and an invalid response is scored as 2. Some items are reverse scored and marked with an R. The inventory requires only a citation for use.

Pros for Schools

Cons for Schools

2 versions
Simple scoring
Can be combined with the teacher version to allow a broader view of culture

Limited responses as each item is answered with yes or no

Suggestions for Further Research

Fisher, D. L., & Fraser, B. J. (1981). Validity and use of the my class inventory. Science Education, 65(2), 145-156.

Sink, Christopher & R. Spencer, Lisa. (2005). My Class Inventory-Short Form as an Accountability Tool for Elementary School Counselors to Measure Classroom Climate. Professional School Counseling, 9, 37-48.  


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