Title: Psychometric examination of the academic motivation scale using a Vietnamese university student sample

Authors: Lan Luong; Arthur Poropat; Helen Klieve; Kate Thompson

Addresses: School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University, M10 Rm 5.46, Mt Gravatt, QLD 4122, Brisbane, Australia ' School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University, M24 Rm 3.18, Mt Gravatt, QLD 4122, Brisbane, Australia ' School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University, M15 Rm 1.08, Mt Gravatt, QLD 4122, Brisbane, Australia ' School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University, M09 Rm 2.109, Mt Gravatt, QLD 4122, Brisbane, Australia

Abstract: Massification of higher education in Vietnam has brought about both achievements and various issues. Efforts have been made to improve the quality of teaching and learning in higher education, but very little attention has been paid to the issue of student motivation. This study aims to contribute to this area of knowledge by testing the applicability of the academic motivation scale (AMS) in assessing Vietnamese university students' motivation. This was achieved via evaluation of the scale's psychometric properties using data obtained from 648 first year students from a high-ranking university. Using a different approach in model testing, results indicated that the revised seven factor AMS with 23 items best fitted the data. All subscales had satisfactory reliabilities. Thus, the revised AMS can be used to study Vietnamese university students' motivation.

Keywords: academic motivation; academic motivation scale; Vietnam; university; self-determination theory; Vietnamese university students.

DOI: 10.1504/IJQRE.2019.10021816

International Journal of Quantitative Research in Education, 2019 Vol.4 No.4, pp.269 - 292

Accepted: 25 Mar 2018
Published online: 14 Jun 2019 *

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