The geographic inquiry process skills scale: A validation study
Bagila Sadykova 1 * , Ulzhalgas Yesnazarova 1 , Aigul Tokbergenova 1
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1 Department of Geography, Land Management, and Cadastre, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Almaty, KAZAKHSTAN* Corresponding Author

Abstract

Geographic inquiry has immense potential to spark the interest of school students in science and societal issues, such as climate change or resource scarcity. However, implementing inquiry-based learning in secondary school contexts is frequently seen as a challenge. So far, standardized geography assessments have primarily focused on students’ spatial-thinking abilities, and there is a dearth of practicable tools to measure their inquiry skills. This study aimed to translate the self-report geographic inquiry process skills scale into Kazakh and test its reliability and validity among Kazakhstani secondary students. A total of 826 secondary school students aged between 13 and 18 were included in the analysis. Both exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses jointly supported a five-dimensional structure of the questionnaire. The scale exhibited sound measurement properties, including consistency over a two-week test-retest interval. The scores for the adapted instrument were not significantly correlated with participant gender, grade, age, or time spent preparing for the cross-national geography assessment. Proposals for future research are outlined.

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Article Type: Research Article

EURASIA J Math Sci Tech Ed, 2023, Volume 19, Issue 9, Article No: em2319

https://doi.org/10.29333/ejmste/13471

Publication date: 01 Sep 2023

Online publication date: 09 Jul 2023

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