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A Scale Development Study for the Determination of Reading Self-Efficacy of Learners of Turkish as a Foreign Language


Self-efficacy is the belief that one can do a job. The extent to which students' self-efficacy perceptions affect their success in learning Turkish as a foreign language has attracted the attention of researchers in recent years. There are many studies examining the relationship between reading comprehension in a foreign language and self-efficacy belief in a foreign language. This study was carried out with the aim of developing a valid and reliable measurement tool for determining the reading self-efficacy of students learning Turkish as a foreign language. 262 foreign students learning Turkish in Yunus Emre Centers abroad and TÖMER in Turkey participated in the study. According to the results of exploratory factor analysis (AFA) conducted through the SPSS 21.0 program, the item factor loads vary between .702 and .877 in the first stage. In addition, the scale was determined to consist of one dimension and 16 items, as the researchers envisaged. After the model proved to provide the single dimension predicted by the researchers confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) was performed on the data through the LISREL 8.8 program, Chi-square / Degree of freedom, RMSEA, SRMR, GFI, AGFI, NFI and CFI values were taken into consideration from the findings obtained as a result of confirmatory factor analysis [x2 /df=298.96 (p=.000); RMSEA=0.87; GFI=0.87; AGFI=0.83; CFI=0.98; NFI=0.97; SRMR=0.43]. When the obtained data were examined, it was determined that the values reached match perfectly. These analyzes revealed that the scale is valid and reliable.


Keywords


Teaching Turkish to foreigners, self-efficacy, reading education, reading self-efficacy

Author : Haluk GÜNGÖR - Adnan KAN
Number of pages: 49-62
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.29228/ijla.41758
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International Journal of Language Academy
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