Year 2020, Volume 7 , Issue 2, Pages 159 - 176 2020-06-13

The Psychometric Properties of School Belonging Scale for Middle School Students

Bekir DIREKCI [1] , Mehmet CANBULAT [2] , Ibrahim Hakki TEZCİ [3] , Serdar AKBULUT [4]


This study aimed at developing a valid and reliable scale to determine middle school students’ sense of school belonging. In this respect, the relevant literature on the concept of belonging was reviewed, interviews were conducted with field experts and middle school students to determine items to be included in the scale. An item pool was created based on the findings of these processes. Later, a pilot form was prepared by taking the opinions of 2 field and 2 measurement and evaluation experts so as to ensure that the scale items represent the structure measured. This form was administered to 287 middle school students studying in the 2018-2019 academic year, and the final scale obtained as a result of exploratory factor analysis was applied to 568 middle school students in a different school. For validity evidence, exploratory factor analysis (EFA), confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) and hypothesis test findings; for reliability, findings of Cronbach Alpha and composite reliability coefficients were used. According to the exploratory factor analysis, the scale consisted of 4 factors with 23 items, and the total variance explained was 63.88%. As a result of the second-order confirmatory factor analysis of the obtained structure, the fit indices of the unidimensional model showed that the model was verified. The internal consistency coefficient of the developed model was α = .92 and the composite reliability coefficient was .97. These findings showed that the scale had psychometric properties that could be used in future research.
Scale development, School belonging, Middle school students, Factor analysis
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Primary Language en
Subjects Education, Scientific Disciplines
Published Date June
Journal Section Articles
Authors

Orcid: 0000-0002-6951-8567
Author: Bekir DIREKCI (Primary Author)
Institution: AKDENIZ UNIVERSITY
Country: Turkey


Orcid: 0000-0002-1781-2684
Author: Mehmet CANBULAT
Institution: AKDENIZ UNIVERSITY
Country: Turkey


Author: Ibrahim Hakki TEZCİ
Institution: AKDENIZ UNIVERSITY
Country: Turkey


Orcid: 0000-0002-5809-1481
Author: Serdar AKBULUT
Institution: AKDENIZ UNIVERSITY
Country: Turkey


Dates

Publication Date : June 13, 2020

APA Dırekcı, B , Canbulat, M , Tezci̇, I , Akbulut, S . (2020). The Psychometric Properties of School Belonging Scale for Middle School Students . International Journal of Assessment Tools in Education , 7 (2) , 159-176 . DOI: 10.21449/ijate.723386