Renewed Motivation Strategies for Computer-Based Learning

By Catherine Chen and Sheila Smith.

Published by The International Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Learning

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The MSLQ was designed in the 1980s to assess students’ motivation and use of learning strategy in a conceptual learning environment. Although it has been widely used, researchers questioned its usage in an applied-learning environment, and studies have documented several psychometric problems associated with the instrument. This pilot study was to establish the initial validity and reliability of the revised Motivation scales in the MSQL to be used specifically to assess modern students’ motivation in learning computer skills. An exploratory factor analysis resulted in six scales, but some items did not load on the same scales as in the original MSQL. A path model based on the original Motivational scales failed. A path model based on the loadings of the exploratory factor analysis did not yield discriminant and convergent validity. After several attempts, the final revised Motivation section consisted of five scales and 24 items: Task Value (6 items), Extrinsic Goal (3 items), Test Anxiety (5 items), Self-Efficacy (6 items), and Expectancy (4 items). The revised Motivation scales exhibited reliability ranging from .711 (Extrinsic Goal) to .902 (Task Value). The final model also exhibited adequate convergent validity and discriminant validity.

Keywords: MSLQ, Motivation Scales, Learning Computer Skills, Validity Tests

The International Journal of Science, Mathematics, and Technology Learning, Volume 22, Issue 4, December 2015, pp.1-19. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: August 6, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 851.688KB)).

Dr. Catherine Chen

Associate Professor, Information Systems and Operations Management, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, USA

Dr. Sheila Smith

Associate Professor, Information Systems and Operations Management, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, USA