An Exploratory Study on Development of Teachers Empathy Scale: A Rasch Measurement Approach (75941)

Session Information: Assessment Theories & Methodologies
Session Chair: Hsiao-Chi Ho

Thursday, 23 November 2023 10:15
Session: Session 1
Room: Room 608
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

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Teachers’ empathy is often regarded as one of the factors to motivate and engage learners in learning. This exploratory study developed the Teacher Empathy Scale (TES) to understand the empathetic tendencies among Taiwanese primary and secondary school teachers. Four subscales consisting a total of 22 items were developed using five-point Likert scale included: Teachers’ Empathy Towards Students (Subscale 1), Teachers’ Empathy Towards Colleagues (Subscale 2), Teachers’ Empathy towards Students’ Parents (Subscale 3), and Teachers’ Overall Self-evaluation of Empathy (Subscale 4). 469 Taiwanese elementary and junior high school teachers (118 males and 351 females) participated in the development of the TES. The multidimensional Rasch Rating Scale Model was employed to assess model-data fit and to obtain more accurate estimation of correlations and the reliability of person measures among the four subscales. Differential item functioning analyses were conducted across genders. The results showed that 18 items were retained for the current version of TES and had a reasonably good model-data fit. The correlations of person measures from four subscales were between .72 and .96; the person separation reliabilities of the measures from Subscale 1~4 were .83, .82, .84 and .87, respectively. No significant DIF was found across gender. It was concluded that the TES is a reliable and valuable self-report tool for assessing teachers’ empathy. Future studies will involve collecting a larger sample to further ensure the reliability and validity of the TES.

Hsiao-Chi Ho, Providence University, Taiwan

About the Presenter(s)
Professor Hsiao-Chi Ho is a University Assistant Professor/Lecturer at Providence University in Taiwan

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00