Myself As a Learner Scale 8-16+: Analysing self-perception

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By Robert Burden

Young people’s perceptions of themselves as learners and problem-solvers have been shown in numerous research studies to be key elements in their learning progress.

This new edition of Myself As a Learner Scale (8-16 +) has been constructed to provide a readily available technique, which can be used by teachers, psychologists and researchers to gain access to this important aspect of learning development.

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Young people’s perceptions of themselves as learners and problem-solvers have been shown in numerous research studies to be key elements in their learning progress. This new edition of Myself As a Learner Scale (8-16 +) has been constructed to provide a readily available technique, which can be used by teachers, psychologists and researchers to gain access to this important aspect of learning development.

MALS + is easy to administer, score Young people’s perceptions of themselves as learners and problem-solvers have been shown in numerous research studies to be key elements in their learning progress and interpret and can be used for gaining information on large cohorts of students or for more clinical purposes with individuals. It is a valid and reliable scale that can provide a valuable addition to any school’s assessment programme or educational psychologist’s repertoire of assessment techniques.

This second edition of the MALS has been completely updated. A much larger and more widespread data set for the purpose of establishing standardised norms has been analysed. Whilst the basic findings are not dissimilar to those obtained from the first standardisation sample, they give greater confidence that these norms are representative of the average scores to be expected across a wide age range and schools in a variety of locations.

Whilst MALS+ is straightforward to administer and score, the subsequent analysis of data obtained and interpretation of its possible significance is a much more complex process. This revised manual therefore provides more extensive information about ways of analysing MALS+ scores together with examples of possible research and clinical uses.

This edition also includes two questionnaires (one for Post 16) and two acetate scoring sheets.

Additional information

Weight 0.195 kg

About the Author

The late Robert Burden was Emeritus Professor of Applied Educational Psychology and a former Head of the School of Education at the University of Exeter. He previously taught children with learning difficulties and worked as an LEA educational psychologist. He established the Master’s degree professional training course in Educational Psychology at Exeter in 1971 and held leadership positions in both the British Psychological Society and the International School Psychology Association.

1 review for Myself As a Learner Scale 8-16+: Analysing self-perception

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    This has been an invaluable tool in unpacking learners views towards their learning. The three areas, Sense of Agency: Learned Optimism, Learned Helplessness and Enjoyment and involvement in problem solving have broken down the self-esteem that a child has towards their learning clearly. The test will then provide a clarity of students needs that allow discovery for ways that a teacher can then best support them.

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