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Student Perceptions of Teaching Quality in Five Countries: A Partial Credit Model Approach to Assess Measurement Invariance

Rikkert M. van der Lans, Ridwan Maulana, Michelle Helms-Lorenz, Carmen-María Fernández-García, Seyeoung Chun, Thelma de Jager, Yulia Irnidayanti, Mercedes Inda-Caro, Okhwa Lee, Thys Coetzee, Nurul Fadhilah, Meae Jeon and Peter Moorer

SAGE Open, 2021, vol. 11, issue 3, 21582440211040121

Abstract: This study examines measurement invariance of student perceptions of teaching quality collected in five countries: Indonesia (n students = 6,331), the Netherlands (n students = 6,738), South Africa (n students = 3,422), South Korea (n students = 6,997) and Spain (n students = 4,676). The administered questionnaire was the My Teacher Questionnaire (MTQ). Student perceived teachers’ teaching quality was estimated using the partial credit model (PCM). Tests for differential item functioning (DIF) were used to assess measurement invariance. Furthermore, if DIF was found, it was explored whether an application of a quasi-international calibration, which estimates country-unique parameters for DIF items, can provide more valid estimates for between-country comparisons. Results indicate the absence of non-uniform DIF, but presence of uniform DIF among most items. This suggests that direct comparisons of raw mean or sum scores between countries is not advisable. Details of the set of invariant items are provided. Furthermore, results suggest that the quasi-international calibration is promising, but also that this approach needs further exploration in the context of student perceptions of teaching quality.

Keywords: teaching; education; social sciences; measurement and scaling methods; research methods; social sciences; educational measurement & assessment; education; social sciences; reliability and validity; research methods; social sciences; student perceptions; teaching quality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1177/21582440211040121

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