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Children's Academic Intrinsic Motivation Inventory

Adele E. Gottfried, PhD

Measures motivation for learning in general and across specific learning areas
Paper and pencil, E-Manual
Grade range:
Grade 4 to Grade 8
20–30 minutes
Qualification level:
A degree from an accredited 4-year college or university in psychology, counseling, speech-language pathology, or a closely related field plus satisfactory completion of coursework in test interpretation, psychometrics and measurement theory, educational statistics, or a closely related area; or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

For students with academic difficulties, the CAIMI is an excellent resource for differentiating motivation from achievement and ability factors.

Features and benefits

  • A valuable part of a psychodiagnostic battery, the CAIMI provides information useful for counseling students with regard to academic interests and course selection, instructional planning to stimulate motivation in weak areas and facilitate intrinsic motivation in strong areas, individualized program planning, and program and educational evaluation by schools and school districts.
  • The 44 CAIMI questions comprise 122 items in five scales: Reading, Math, Social Studies, Science, and General. Results can be reported as T scores or percentiles, and the Profile Form allows a visual comparison of motivational strengths across scales.
  • The CAIMI is the basis for the construct of gifted motivation, which addresses the concept that individuals with exceptionally high intrinsic motivation have a history of higher academic competence and functioning.