Teachers' Attitudes towards Teaching English Grammar: A Scale Development Study


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POLAT M.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INSTRUCTION, vol.10, no.4, pp.379-398, 2017 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 10 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.12973/iji.2017.10422a
  • Journal Name: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INSTRUCTION
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.379-398
  • Keywords: grammar, teacher attitude, scale development, exploratory factor analysis, confirmatory factor analysis, OF-FIT INDEXES
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

In most ELT classes, the importance of grammar, how it should be taught or how much it should be integrated into language teaching are still matters of discussion. Considering this fact, learning teachers' attitudes towards teaching grammar is significantly valuable for researchers. This study thus aimed to design a scale that identifies teachers' attitudes towards the role of grammar in the process of teaching English, to pilot it, and to find out the psychometric qualities like reliability and validity of the scale designed. The scale was developed in two phases; it was first aimed to explore the factor structure of the scale, then to confirm the structure gained from the exploration of the items. The study was carried out in 2015 and 247 volunteer language teachers from 3 state universities in Eskisehir and Kutahya were included. The results of exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses revealed that the scale developed in this study was a considerably valid and reliable data collection tool including three factors. Finally, the analyses indicated that gender and graduate faculties did not create significant differences whereas age and the degrees obtained by the teachers created a considerable difference on language teachers' attitudes towards grammar teaching (p<.05).