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Koohi Rostami M, Jahnifar M. Assessing the validity and reliability of the Persian version of the Isakson and et al. Reading Attitude Questionnaire. Research on Information Science and Public Libraries 2022; 28 (2) :70-89
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Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, Ahvaz, Iran , m.rostami@scu.ac.ir
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Purpose: A review of texts in Persian language shows that most of the researches in the field of reading are focused on free or leisure reading and Iranian researchers have not studied academic reading. Perhaps one of the reasons for not conducting research in this field is the lack of appropriate tools. Therefore, this research was conducted in order to check the adequacy of the psychometric properties and validate the reading attitude questionnaire of Isakson et al (2016).
Method: This research is designed with a quantitative approach in order to describe the psychometric characteristics of the attitude towards academic reading questionnaire. The statistical population of this research included the students of Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, who were studying in this university in the first half of the academic year of 1401-1400 SH. Using stratified sampling, 890 students were selected as samples. To validate this tool, apparent and content validity indices were measured. Confirmatory factor analysis was also utilized to evaluate the validity of the structure. Multi-value question-answer models were used to analyze the questionnaire items, and Cronbach’s alpha was used to assess the reliability of this questionnaire.
Findings: In the development of the research tool, a structure with three factors was used, whose factors are: academic reading behaviors, self-efficacy in academic reading, and evaluation for academic reading. The appearance validity of the questionnaire items was confirmed, and the content validity test showed a meaningful relationship between items and factors. The confirmatory factor analysis for these three factors showed that this model provides an appropriate structure to measure the attitude to academic reading and there exists a good fit between this proposed model and experimental data. The items of this questionnaire, in addition to having a good fit with the multi-valued answer question models, have the appropriate clean power at different levels of people's attitudes. Examination of the reliability coefficient in this questionnaire showed that both the individual factors and the questionnaire, in general, are at a desirable level of stability and reliability.
Originality/value: There is no suitable tool in the Persian language that can properly assess the attitude towards academic reading. Therefore, a lack of appropriate tool in this area can be seen. This tool can be used in educational research to assess the causes of academic achievement or failure of students, as well as to study their study and learning styles. The most common use of this tool in tests is to measure reading ability at the beginning of reading improvement courses in schools and universities or other reading education intervention programs.
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Type of Study: quantitative | Subject: Promoting Reading and Studies
Received: 2022/02/3 | Accepted: 2022/04/26 | Published: 2022/08/22

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