Adapting the Media and Technology Usage and Attitudes Scale to Turkish

Author/s: Hasan Ozgur

DOI: 10.12738/estp.2016.5.0085 

Year: 2016 Vol: 16 Number: 5

Abstract

Due to the requirement of a current, valid, and reliable assessment instrument for determining usage frequencies of technology-based media and the attitudes towards these, this study intends to determine the validity and reliability of the Media and Technology Usage and Attitudes Scale, developed by researchers from California State University, under the conditions of Turkey. After testing the scale’s Turkish-version equivalence score, it was applied to 913 university students who were studying in various departments and grades. Confirmatory factor analysis was performed to examine the 15 factor structure of the scale. In order to determine the reliability of the scale, Cronbach’s alpha-internal consistency coefficient, corrected itemtotal correlation, and significance of the differences between the average scores of the top and bottom 27% of participants were examined through the t-test. Cronbach’s alpha values for the sub-factors of the scale varied between .71 and .89, and the split-half test correlations related to the sub-factors varied between .71 and .86. The results obtained from the t-test showed that all the differences between the item averages for the top and bottom 27% were significant, that the 60-item scale was consistent with the structure of the original 15 factors, and that it conformed with the data.

Keywords
Media and technology usage, Attitude, Multitasking, Task switching, Scale adaptation

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