The Development of a Mathematics Self-Report Inventory for Turkish Elementary Students
Ayça Akın 1 * , Cem Oktay Güzeller 2, Sinem Sezer Evcan 3
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1 Anadolu University, TURKEY
2 Hacettepe University, TURKEY
3 Akdeniz University, TURKEY
* Corresponding Author

Abstract

Background:
The purpose of the current study is to develop a mathematics self-report inventory (MSRI) to measure Turkish elementary students’ mathematics expectancy beliefs and task values based on the expectancy-value theory of achievement motivation.

Materials and methods:
In Study-1 (n = 1,315), exploratory factor analysis (EFA) and reliability analysis are used to evaluate the MSRI. EFA results suggest a five-factor model that consists of interest value, extrinsic-utility value, importance value, personal cost, and expectancy beliefs. In Study-2 (n = 1,343), confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) and convergent, discriminant, and subgroup validity results are also used to examine construct validity for the MSRI.

Results:
The results indicate that (a) elementary students’ scores on the MSRI did not significantly differ by gender; (b) elementary students’ scores on the MSRI were significantly influenced by grade level; and (c) a significant, positive, and strong relationship existed between students’ scores on the MSRI and students’ achievement scores from the Level Determination Exam.

Conclusions:
The findings of this study showed that, with a few exceptions, the MSRI is a reliable and valid psychological tool for use with the elementary students in Turkey and may be regarded as beneficial in guiding subsequent study goals by explaining students’ achievement-related beliefs grounded in the expectancy-value theory.

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Article Type: Research Article

https://doi.org/10.12973/eurasia.2016.1264a

EURASIA J Math Sci Tech Ed, 2016 - Volume 12 Issue 9, pp. 2373-2386

Publication date: 29 Jun 2016

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