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A psychometric analysis of reliability and validity of the index of learning styles (ILS)

Al-Azawei, A., Parslow, P. and Lundqvist, K. (2015) A psychometric analysis of reliability and validity of the index of learning styles (ILS). International Journal of Psychological Studies, 7 (3). pp. 46-57. ISSN 1918-722X

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To link to this item DOI: 10.5539/ijps.v7n3p46

Abstract/Summary

Prior literature showed that Felder and Silverman learning styles model (FSLSM) was widely adopted to cater to individual styles of learners whether in traditional or Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL). In order to infer this model, the Index of Learning Styles (ILS) instrument was proposed. This research aims to analyse the soundness of this instrument in an Arabic sample. Data were integrated from different courses and years. A total of 259 engineering students participated voluntarily in the study. The reliability was analysed by applying internal construct reliability, inter-scale correlation, and total item correlation. The construct validity was also considered by running factor analysis. The overall results indicated that the reliability and validity of perception and input dimensions were moderately supported, whereas processing and understanding dimensions showed low internal-construct consistency and their items were weakly loaded in the associated constructs. Generally, the instrument needs further effort to improve its soundness. However, considering the consistency of the produced results of engineering students irrespective of cross-cultural differences, it can be adopted to diagnose learning styles.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Computer Science
ID Code:45603
Uncontrolled Keywords:The Index of Learning Styles (ILS), reliability, validity, Arabic population
Publisher:Canadian Center of Science and Education

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