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See detailReplicating and extending the GI/E model: Social and dimensional comparison effects of achievement on test anxiety in math, physics, German, and English
Talic, Irma UL; Franzen, Patrick UL; Greiff, Samuel UL et al

Scientific Conference (2018, November 09)

The internal/external frame of reference model (I/E model; Marsh, 1986) depicts the formation of academic self-concept by assuming an interplay of social and dimensional comparison processes within and ... [more ▼]

The internal/external frame of reference model (I/E model; Marsh, 1986) depicts the formation of academic self-concept by assuming an interplay of social and dimensional comparison processes within and across different domains. Associations between achievement and self-concept are expected to be positive within one given domain due to social comparisons (i.e., external frame of reference) and negative across different domains due to dimensional comparisons (i.e., internal frame of reference). The Generalized I/E model (GI/E model; Möller, Müller-Kalthoff, Helm, Nagy, & Marsh, 2015) allows for the inclusion of other outcome variables besides academic self-concept, for example, interest or motivation. The present research aimed at applying the GI/E model to the construct of test anxiety, thereby replicating and significantly extending some first supportive findings on the validity of the GI/E model with test anxiety (Arens, Becker, & Möller, 2017). To this end, we expanded the scope of the GI/E model with test anxiety for the first time to four domains; namely math, physics, German, and English. For this purpose, we drew on a sample of N = 305 9th and 10th graders attending the highest ability school track (i.e., Gymnasium) from six different secondary schools in four German federal states. Analyses were carried out using structural equation modelling in Mplus 8. We used school grades in the respective domains as achievement indicators. Test anxiety was assessed separately for each domain while simultaneously differentiating between two components of test anxiety; namely, worry and emotionality. Our results suggested negative within-domain relations between achievement and test anxiety in all four domains (i.e., higher grades were associated with less test anxiety). The pattern of results for the relations across domains was not as clear. Positive links between achievement and test anxiety across domains (i.e., higher grades in domain A were associated with higher test anxiety in domain B) were weak and could only be established for the association between German achievement and students’ worry in mathematics. These findings partially supported the assumptions made by the GI/E model. As such, we replicated preexisting findings and added novel insights to the GI/E model. Our results were discussed within the framework of self-concept theory and research as well as dimensional comparison theory. [less ▲]

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See detailDeveloping and validating a short-form questionnaire for the assessment of seven conscientiousness facets in educational large-scale assessments
Franzen, Patrick UL; van der Westhuizen, Lindie UL; Greiff, Samuel UL et al

Scientific Conference (2018, November 09)

The influence of personality on academic outcomes has been demonstrated consistently in previous research. In particular, conscientiousness and its lower order facets generally show the strongest ... [more ▼]

The influence of personality on academic outcomes has been demonstrated consistently in previous research. In particular, conscientiousness and its lower order facets generally show the strongest predictive validity for academic success. MacCann et al. (2009) constructed a 68-item questionnaire for the comprehensive assessment of different conscientiousness facets in secondary education. However, such questionnaires are arguably too long for the use in large-scale educational assessments. Investigating the influence of conscientiousness facets within large-scale educational assessments is, nevertheless, crucial for advancing our knowledge of the differential influence of facets on various academic outcomes. Short and psychometrically sound questionnaires are thus required. Currently, no short and yet comprehensive questionnaire assessing the lower order facets of conscientiousness, that is suitable for large-scale educational assessments exists. Therefore, within the present investigation we develop a short-form instrument based upon the seven-factor version (59 items) of the questionnaire presented by MacCann et al. (2009), by using an exhaustive search algorithm and traditional item selection methods. Our sample consists of a large and representative dataset comprising all 9th grade students in Luxembourg from the Luxembourgish national school monitoring system (N = 6325; see epstan.lu), who answered French and German adaptations of the original 59-item questionnaire. We specified the exhaustive search algorithm to select the best possible combination of four items for each lower order facet, by considering goodness of fit criteria, factor saturation statistics, and measurement invariance between the German and French version. In addition, we used Mokken scale analysis and assessed the congruence of item wordings and theoretical definitions of each lower order facet to ensure content validity. We finally selected four to five items per scale based on our analyses. We found good fit statistics for all lower order facet scales (CFI >.95, RMSEA < 0.05), and acceptable to good factor saturation statistics for all but one of these scales (McDonalds ω > 0.7). On top of that, all scales show either scalar invariance, or partial scalar invariance between the German and French language version. The result of our investigation is a short and psychometrically sound instrument for the assessment of the lower order facets of conscientiousness. It is specifically tailored towards the unique context of the multilingual Luxembourgish educational system, and can be used in the upcoming Épstan cohorts. [less ▲]

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