Abstract


A SCALE ADAPTATION STUDY FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS' PERCEPTIONS OF 21ST CENTURY LEARNING PRACTICES

The purpose of this study is to adapt “Students’ perceptions of 21st century learning practices scale”, developed by Chai et al. (2015) into Turkish culture. There are 32 items in the original scale. These items consist of three main dimensions (thinking processes, learning processes and knowledge creation efficacy). Participants for the research were selected using the appropriate sampling method. In this context, two different study groups were included in the study. Linguistic equivalence studies were carried out on the first group, and construct validity and internal consistency analyzes were performed on the second group. A total of seven people including four linguists and three educational sciences experts and twelve fourth grade students participated in the linguistic equivalence study. For construct validity and internal consistency “Confirmatory factor analysis” was conducted to ensure structural validity. In this context, the analysis was carried out on 310 students studying in the 4th grade of five elementary schools at the middle part of Turkey. In the final stage, the Cronbach alpha coefficients of the sub-dimensions were calculated for the reliability of the scale scores. The data analysis of the study was carried out with the LISREL package program. The results of the confirmatory factor analysis on the data showed that the scale was compatible with the three sub-dimensional models in its original structure. In line with these results, it was determined that the scale has appropriate psychometric features for future utilization for the studies to be conducted in Turkish context.



Keywords

21st century learning practices, Primary school students, Scale adaptation


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