The development of a brief measure of learner autonomy in university students

MACASKILL, Ann and TAYLOR, Elissa (2010). The development of a brief measure of learner autonomy in university students. Studies in Higher Education, 35 (3), 351-359.

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    Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03075070903502703
    Link to published version:: 10.1080/03075070903502703

    Abstract

    A great deal of attention is paid to the requirement for university students to become autonomous learners. A review of the literature revealed a lack of relatively short psychometrically sound measures of autonomous learning despite its purported importance. This study aimed to develop a brief, psychometrically sound, measure of autonomous learning to facilitate empirical research in this area. Items for the scale were selected from reviewing the literature, and face validity was confirmed by experienced academics. In the first study, first‐year psychology students (n = 214) completed the measure. Principal components analysis produced a 12‐item measure with two subscales that appeared to be psychometrically sound. The factor structure was reproduced with a more diverse group of undergraduates (n =172) in a second study. The internal reliability and the concurrent validity of the scale were both found to be satisfactory, suggesting that this measure may prove useful to educational researchers.

    Item Type: Article
    Research Institute, Centre or Group: Psychology Research Group
    Identification Number: 10.1080/03075070903502703
    Depositing User: Hilary Ridgway
    Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2012 12:36
    Last Modified: 05 Sep 2012 11:36
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5766

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