“Learning Interest Index”: An Inventory Test for Assessing Learning Motivation in Adolescents

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Abstract

The article provides theoretical justification and describes the development, psychometric verification and approbation of the Learning Interest Index inventory for assessing learning motivation in adolescents of different age groups. The theoretical basis was a resource approach aimed at identifying those motivational-value and personality components that make a significant positive contribution to both the process and the result of learning activities of adolescents. The sample for psychometric verification of the test consisted of 572 adolescents (44.5% boys, 55.5% girls) studying in 7—11 grades of several medium-ranked schools of Moscow and the Moscow region. To identify the structure of learning interest, exploratory factor analysis was applied separately for the sub-samples of middle (grades 7—9) and older (grades 10—11) adolescents. The model of the Learning Interest Index includes both simple, unambiguous, and complex, combined factors. For a sample of middle-aged adolescents, a seven-factor model of the Learning Interest Index was obtained. The structure of the learning interest of older adolescents includes nine factors. Psychometric verification showed that all scales of the questionnaire have acceptable reliability, as well as construct and empirical validity.

General Information

Keywords: learning motivation, interest, adolescents, inventory test, approbation and validation of a technique, factor analysis

Journal rubric: Psychology at School

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/pse.2021260505

Funding. The study was carried out with the financial support of the Moscow State University of Psychology and Education (MSUPE) within the framework of the scientific project “Development of diagnostic tools for assessing learning motivation” (2018-2019).

Received: 15.08.2021

Accepted:

For citation: Tolstykh N.N., Fyodorov V.V., Kharchenko M.A., Pogodina A.V., Babanin P.A. “Learning Interest Index”: An Inventory Test for Assessing Learning Motivation in Adolescents. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie = Psychological Science and Education, 2021. Vol. 26, no. 5, pp. 54–66. DOI: 10.17759/pse.2021260505. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Information About the Authors

Nataliia N. Tolstykh, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Division Head of the Social Psychology of Development, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Editor-in-Chief of the International Scientific Publication Social Psychology and Society, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3999-4503, e-mail: nnvt@list.ru

Valery V. Fyodorov, Senior lecturer at the Department of Social Psychology, Senior Researcher of Scientific and Practical Center for Comprehensive Support of Psychological Research PsyDATA, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8289-3775, e-mail: val.vl.fed@yandex.ru

Maxim A. Kharchenko, PhD in Physics and Matematics, Associate Professor, Chair of Psychology of Management, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3335-9701, e-mail: maxquail@gmail.com

Alla V. Pogodina, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Head of Management Psychology Chair, Department of Social Psychology, Moscow State University of psychology and education (MSUPE), head of the master's program "Organizational Psychology", Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0549-712X, e-mail: pogodinaav@mgppu.ru

Petr A. Babanin, PhD in Psychology, senior lecturer, Chair of Social Psychology of Development, Faculty of Social Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1656-6733, e-mail: babaninpa@mgppu.ru

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