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Development and Validation of the Assessment for Learning Experience Inventory (AFLEI) in Chinese Higher Education
Gan,Zhengdong1; He,Jinbo2; Mu,Kejuan3
Source PublicationAsia-Pacific Education Researcher
AbstractWhile assessment for learning (AfL) has gained increasing international prominence, and has been strongly promulgated by an increasing number of education systems, current instruments designed to measure students’ assessment for learning experience show a number of methodological shortcomings, such as lacking construct validity and low internal consistency of scales, or structural confirmations of the dimensionality of AfL constructs captured in the questionnaires have not been tested. This paper presents the development and validation of a psychometrically robust measure of assessment for learning experience in the Chinese higher education—the Assessment for Learning Experience Inventory (AFLEI). Two independent samples of 201 and 163 higher education students responded to the AFLEI. The data were then subjected to Exploratory Factor Analyses (EFAs) and Confirmatory Factor Analyses (CFAs), respectively. Results from both EFAs and CFAs provided support for a five–factor AfL experience inventory with a strong psychometric basis. The five clusters of AfL experience perceived by the Chinese university students are Teacher formal feedback and support, Interactive dialog and peer collaboration, Learning-oriented assessment, Active engagement with subject matter, and Students taking responsibility for their learning. The correlations between the five clusters of AfL experience and the ‘deep learning approach’ of the Revised Two-Factor Study Process Questionnaire (R-SPQ-2F) supported the concurrent validity of the AFLEI. The AFLEI can be used both as an evaluation tool to evaluate the extent to which university students experience AfL practices in university curriculum, and as a research tool to explore more deeply the relationships between AfL experience and student learning.
KeywordAssessment for learning Higher education Scale development Scale validation
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Education
Corresponding AuthorGan,Zhengdong
Affiliation1.Faculty of Education,University of Macau,Macao
2.Educational Science Research Institute,Hunan University,Changsha,China
3.School of Foreign Studies,Anhui University,Hefei,China
First Author AffilicationFaculty of Education
Corresponding Author AffilicationFaculty of Education
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Gan,Zhengdong,He,Jinbo,Mu,Kejuan. Development and Validation of the Assessment for Learning Experience Inventory (AFLEI) in Chinese Higher Education[J]. Asia-Pacific Education Researcher,2019,28(5):371-385.
APA Gan,Zhengdong,He,Jinbo,&Mu,Kejuan.(2019).Development and Validation of the Assessment for Learning Experience Inventory (AFLEI) in Chinese Higher Education.Asia-Pacific Education Researcher,28(5),371-385.
MLA Gan,Zhengdong,et al."Development and Validation of the Assessment for Learning Experience Inventory (AFLEI) in Chinese Higher Education".Asia-Pacific Education Researcher 28.5(2019):371-385.
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