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A Rasch analysis of the Teachers Music Confidence Scale


Hoi Yin Bonnie Yim 
University of South Australia, School of Education 
hoi.yim@unisa.edu.au 

Sabry Abd-El-Fattah 
University of South Australia, School of Education 
sabry.abd-el-fattah@unisa.edu.au 

Lai Wan Maria Lee 
University of South Australia, School of Education 
mlee@vtc.edu.hk 

 

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Abstract

 This article presents a new measure of teachers' confidence to conduct musical activities with young children; Teachers Music Confidence Scale (TMCS). The TMCS was developed using a sample of 284 in-service and pre-service early childhood teachers in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). The TMCS consisted of 10 musical activities. Teachers rated their confidence levels to conduct each activity on a scale from 1 (Not confident at all) to 5 (Very confident). An exploratory factor analysis retained a 10-item single factor that was replicated using confirmatory factor analysis procedures. All items of the TMCS fitted the Rasch model adequately. In-service teachers showed higher confidence levels to conduct several musical activities with young children than pre-service teachers. Implications of these findings for measuring teachers' confidence to conduct musical activities with young children were discussed. 

Music education, early childhood education, confidence, in-service and pre-service teachers, Rasch analysis

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 Yim, H., Abd-El-Fattah, S. and Lee, L. (2007) A Rasch analysis of the Teachers Music Confidence Scale. International Education Journal, 8 (2), 260-269.
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