The academic task performance scale : psychometric properties, and measurement invariance across ages, genders and nations

Llewellyn Ellardus VAN ZYL*, Jeff KILBERT, Rebecca SHANKLAND, Jacqueline STARVROS, Matthew COLE, Nicolas B. VERGER, Sebastiaan ROTHMANN, Vincent CHO, Katherine FENG, Eric W. K. SEE-TO, Lara C. ROLL, Anindita GHOSH, Diane ARIJS, Aldona GLINSKA-NEWEŚ

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Academic task performance (TP) refers to the proficiency with which students perform in academic tasks through making the right choices and completing core tasks central to their academic studies, on time and to specification. We adapted Koopmans et al.’s task performance scale (TPS) for use within tertiary education and investigated its psychometric properties, internal consistency and measurement invariance across age, gender and national groups in university students (n = 3,265). The results showed that a hierarchical ESEM model with one higher-order task performance factor consisting of time management and task efficiency fitted the data best. The TPS exhibited full measurement invariance across gender and age groups, implying that the latent mean scores can be used to determine differences. However, invariance could only partially be established for national cohorts, implying that cross-national comparisons may not be possible. These findings offer preliminary support for the TPS as a valid instrument for gauging students’ academic task performance.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1281859
JournalFrontiers in Education
Volume9
Early online date10 Apr 2024
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 2024

Bibliographical note

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Copyright © 2024 van Zyl, Klibert, Shankland, Stavros, Cole, Verger, Rothmann, Cho, Feng, See-To, Roll, Ghosh, Arijs and Glinska-Neweś.

Keywords

  • academic success
  • confirmatory factor analysis
  • exploratory structural equation modelling
  • measurement invariance
  • task performance
  • university students

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