Evidence for the latent factor structure of the mslq: A new conceptualization of an established questionnaire

Jonathan C. Hilpert, Jennifer Stempien, Katrien J. Van Der Hoeven Kraft, Jenefer Husman

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Abstract

The Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire (MSLQ) has a long history of use in educational psychology, yet few studies have examined the latent factor structure of the entire scale using data from a single administration of the instrument. Although using the subscales individually was encouraged by the creators of the instrument, the practice has produced piecemeal evidence for the latent factor structure. In the current study, we administered all 15 subscales of the MSLQ to a large population of postsecondary students enrolled in introductory geoscience courses and used confirmatory factor analysis to examine the latent factor structures described in previous MSLQ literature. Faced with unsatisfactory evidence for the hypothesized structures, we describe our respecification process and provide some commentary on a more parsimonious latent factor structure that may be of use in similar research projects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSAGE Open
Volume3
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

Keywords

  • Factor analysis
  • Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire (MSLQ)
  • Motivation
  • Self-regulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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