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ERIC Number: ED394022
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Adult and ESL Literacy Learning Self-Efficacy Questionnaire.
Mikulecky, Larry; And Others
The perceived self-efficacy concept plays a significant role in predicting human performance in several areas of human effort, but self-efficacy theory has seldom been applied in the fields of adult literacy and English as a second language (ESL). This study designed a questionnaire for adult literacy and ESL learners to assess their self-efficacy perceptions toward learning and literacy. From the following four studies 119 questions were drawn: Children's School Attitude Schedule (Barker Lunn as adopted by Marjoribanks 1970); Nowicki-Strickland Locus of Control Scale (1973); Self-Efficacy Scale (Sherer and Maddux 1982); and the Self-Efficacy for Academic Achievement Scale (Zimmerman et al. 1992) and the author's work; these were edited to 36 questions. The questionnaires were pilot tested with 45 intermediate-level Intensive English Program adult literacy students at Indiana University and 28 students from two adult basic education programs in Indianapolis. After pilot testing, some items were eliminated, including six locus-of-control items, and some of the items were moved around or reworded. The final questionnaire, with its high reliability and face validity, should prove useful for measuring the general self-efficacy level of both the adult literacy and ESL literacy learners. Further research is needed to test the questionnaire with broader groups of learners and to determine if other adult perceptions should be added to the questionnaire. The questionnaire is appended. (Contains 25 references.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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