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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)




Thomas J. Ward


The purpose of this study was to examine the construct and predictive validity of the Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI). The LASSI is an instrument designed to assess utilization of learning and study strategies and methods for the purpose of measuring strategy use, diagnosing deficiencies, and prescribing intervention. The literature suggests that valid instruments of this type are sadly lacking. The LASSI User's Manual, however, presents no statistical evidence of instrument validity. The need for this verification became crucial with The College of William and Mary's selection of the inventory for administration to the 1990 freshman class. Using data obtained from this administration and a subsequent retest, statistical analyses were conducted to confirm instrument reliability and examine construct and predictive validity. Results indicated that while reliable, the ten LASSI scales possessed no construct validity, as measured by factor analysis, and low predictive validity when first semester college grade point average was the performance criterion. Until the completion of further research, the validity of the LASSI is at best suspect, and use of the instrument is not recommended.



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