A Confirmatory Factor Analysis of Motivated Self-regulated Learning Questionnaire in an EFL Context

  •  Mohammad Ali Ayatollahi    
  •  Abbas Eslami Rasekh    
  •  Mansoor Tavakoli    


The Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire (MSLQ) is an instrument for measuring motivation and learning strategies in general education. This instrument is modular, consisting of motivation and learning strategies modules. This study sought to see whether the learning strategies module of this instrument can be applied to the context of English Language Learning (EFL). For this purpose, the instrument was administered to a group of Iranian EFL college students (n=190) as well as a group of Iranian computer science students (n=74). The validity of the learning strategies module of this instrument in the new context was studied by analyzing the factor structure of responses made to it. Confirmatory factor analysis was run to perform a factor analysis of the data. Confirmatory factor analysis revealed identical factor structures for EFL and general education contexts, suggesting that MSLQ is a valid measurement instrument in determining EFL college students' study strategies as well.

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