Title

Creating Scales to Measure Reading Comprehension, and Attitude and Behaviour, for Prathom 6 (Grade) 6 Students Taught ESL Through Cooperative Learning Method in Thailand

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publisher

Nova Science Publishers

Faculty

Community Services, Education and Social Sciences

School

Education

RAS ID

3153

Comments

This chapter was originally published as: Waugh, R. F., Bowering, M. H., & Chayarathee, S. (2005). Creating scales to measure reading comprehension, attitude and behaviour, for Prathom 6 (Grade) 6 students taught ESL through cooperative learning method in Thailand. In R. Waugh (Ed.), Frontiers in Educational Psychology (pp. 183-219). New York, NY: Nova Science Publishers. Original book available here

Abstract

A questionnaire involving attitude and behaviour towards cooperative based learning of English as a second language the ESL (based on teaching and learning activities, and classroom interaction tasks) was given to 300 Prathom 6 students in Thailand. A Rasch analysis was performed to create a linear scale with 24 items from an initial group of 60 items. The data were shown to be valid and reliable, and to support the model behind the attitude and behaviour questionnaire. A separate Rasch analysis was performed on data from a test of English reading comprehension towards cooperative based learning of English as a second language (based on understanding the main facts, sequencing the order of ideas, and understanding the meaning from pictures) with the same 300 Prathom (grade) 6 students to create a linear scale with 28 items from an initial group of 60 items. The data were shown to be valid and reliable, and to support the model behind the reading comprehension questions.

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