Year 2018, Volume 5 , Issue 4, Pages 659 - 667 2018-12-16

The Teacher Academic Buoyancy Scale: Is it possible to keep TABS on students' academic buoyancy?

Diarmuid VERRİER [1] , Scott JOHNSON [2] , Lisa REİDY [3]

Academic buoyancy (AB) is the ability to overcome minor academic setbacks. However, although it seems as though teachers would be well placed to comment on this characteristic in students, no teacher-report measure of AB exists. This study evaluates a teacher-report version of the widely used, student-report, Academic Buoyancy Scale (ABS). Confirmatory factor analysis supported the unifactorial nature of the Teacher Academic Buoyancy Scale (TABS), and the scale showed excellent internal reliability. However, while there was some evidence for the criterion-related validity of the TABS, it showed very poor convergent validity with the ABS. It also correlated better with academic achievement than should theoretically be the case for a measure of AB.  Further, AB estimates from the two measures were moderated by demographic characteristics: teachers rated girls and those not facing adversity as more buoyant, but the opposite was the case for self-reports. In sum, this study suggests a significant disjunction between teacher- and self-reports of AB, and that teacher estimates of AB are likely to be affected by salient, non-AB-related, student characteristics. 
Academic, Buoyancy, Resilience, Teachers, Scale
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Primary Language en
Subjects Education, Scientific Disciplines
Published Date December
Journal Section Articles

Orcid: 0000-0002-4148-3948
Author: Diarmuid VERRİER (Primary Author)
Institution: Sheffield Hallam University
Country: United Kingdom

Author: Scott JOHNSON
Institution: Sheffield Hallam University
Country: United Kingdom

Orcid: 0000-0001-5442-2346
Author: Lisa REİDY
Institution: Sheffield Hallam University
Country: United Kingdom


Publication Date : December 16, 2018

APA VERRİER, D , JOHNSON, S , REİDY, L . (2018). The Teacher Academic Buoyancy Scale: Is it possible to keep TABS on students' academic buoyancy?. International Journal of Assessment Tools in Education , 5 (4) , 659-667 . DOI: 10.21449/ijate.463871