Obtaining secondary students’ perceptions of instructional quality: Two-level structure and measurement invariance

Publication date: April 2020Source: Learning and Instruction, Volume 66Author(s): Benedikt Wisniewski, Klaus Zierer, Markus Dresel, Martin DaumillerAbstractStudents' perceptions of instructional quality have become an important information source for teachers' professional development. This requires knowledge of the structure of these perceptions, their validity, and generalizability. To this end, we conducted a study with 15,005 German 512 grade students from 690 classrooms in three different school types and three different grade levels. Assuming three basic dimensions of instructional quality with 7 facets, we investigated the factorial structure of students' perceptions with two-level confirmatory factor analyses as well as their generalizability with two-level measurement invariance analyses. Our results confirmed the postulated factorial structure and strict invariance across subject groups, school types, and grade levels. We confirmed the same structure in teachers' assessments of their instructional quality that were positively correlated with the students' assessments. As such, these findings shed light on the structure, validity, and generalizability of students’ perceptions of instructional quality.
Source: Learning and Instruction - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

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