PSYCHOMETRIC EVALUATION ON THE TURKISH ADAPTATION OF THE SCIENTIFIC ATTITUDE INVENTORY


Önder F., Celik P., Silay I.

JOURNAL OF BALTIC SCIENCE EDUCATION, vol.11, no.1, pp.7-15, 2012 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 11 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Journal Name: JOURNAL OF BALTIC SCIENCE EDUCATION
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.7-15
  • Keywords: confirmatory analyses exploratory analyses, psychometric evaluation, scientific attitude inventory, FIT INDEXES, REEVALUATION
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to adapt Scientific Attitude Inventory-II into Turkish and to examine its factor structure. The English and Turkish versions of the scale were tested out on the students in the Department of English Language Teaching (N=40) at Dokuz Eylul University a week apart and a high degree of correlation was found between the scores of the two applications. Then Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA) was conducted with the data collected from 292 students in order to examine the factor structure of the scale. Following the CFA, 12, 6, 3 and 1 factor structures did not fit the data. When Exploratory Factor Analysis was conducted with the same data set, it was determined that the items in the scale could be grouped under four factors. The scale was tested out on different 255 students and CFA was conducted again. After the CFA, the four-factor structure was found to be adequate fit with the data.