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Magson, Natasha R.; Craven, Rhonda G.; Bodkin-Andrews, Gawaian H. – Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, 2014
Over the last two decades, social capital has received increasing attention in the international literature. Despite the popularity of the construct, problems concerning definition, theoretical conceptualisation, and measurement continue to plague research and policy in this area. This investigation aimed to address this gap by developing a new…
Descriptors: Social Capital, Mental Health, Measures (Individuals), Test Construction
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Lee, Frances Lai Mui; Tracey, Danielle; Barker, Katrina; Fan, Jesmond C. M.; Yeung, Alexander Seeshing – Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, 2014
Despite attempts of educators and policy makers in promoting inclusive education through training and provision of extra resources, it remains unclear what is the most influential factor that may reduce teachers' resistance to and increase their advocacy of inclusive education. Teachers who have been trained in special education are usually…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Teacher Attitudes, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Special Education Teachers
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Chandrasena, Wanasinghe; Craven, Rhonda G.; Tracey, Danielle; Dillon, Anthony – Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, 2014
Every sphere of life has been revolutionised by science. Thus, science understanding is an increasingly precious resource throughout the world. Despite the widely recognised need for better science education, the percentage of school students studying science is particularly low, and the numbers of students pursuing science continue to decline…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Questionnaires, Psychometrics
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Yeung, Alexander Seeshing; Craven, Rhonda G.; Kaur, Gurvinder – Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, 2014
Motivation research has shown significant relations of students' mastery goal orientation and perceived competence to educational outcomes, but has not simultaneously scrutinized their relative influences on various educational outcomes. In the present investigation, a sample of Australian students from 6 secondary schools in Western Sydney (N =…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Goal Orientation, Competence
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Abraham, Jessy; Barker, Katrina – Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, 2014
Currently there is a need for measures to examine the issue of sustaining students' enrolment intentions over an extended period of study in physics, a subject which is generally perceived as hard and demanding by students. This paper addresses this gap in research by describing the development and the assessment of psychometric properties of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Physics, Secondary School Science
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Vickers, Margaret; Finger, Linda; Barker, Katrina; Bodkin-Andrews, Gawaian – Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, 2014
A significant body of literature attests to the influence of social contexts on students' engagement with school. A review of this literature led to the construction of a self-report instrument designed to measure Social-Relational Support for Education (SRSE). The conceptual framework underlying the SRSE instrument focuses on the factors that can…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Measures (Individuals), Test Validity
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Brown, Gavin; Harris, Lois – Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, 2012
Student beliefs about assessment may vary according to the level of schooling. The "Students Conceptions of Assessment" version 6 (SCoA-VI) inventory elicits attitudes towards four beliefs (assessment: improves teaching and learning, measures external factors, has affective impact/benefit, is irrelevant). Using multi-group confirmatory…
Descriptors: Factor Analysis, Factor Structure, Student Attitudes, Elementary School Students
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Rizzo, Patrizia; Steinhausen, Hans-Christoph; Drechsler, Renate – Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, 2010
Insufficient self-regulation and reduced awareness of self-regulatory skills have been discussed as possible explanations for academic difficulties. However, instruments for assessing metacognitive knowledge of self-regulation in young school children have been lacking so far and it has been questioned whether younger school children are able to…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Rating Scales, Children, Factor Analysis
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Brown, Gavin T. L.; Lake, Robert; Matters, Gabrielle – Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, 2008
Background: Two major conceptions of learning exist: reproducing new material and transforming material to make meaning. Teachers' understandings of what learning is probably influence their teaching practices and student academic performance. Aims: To validate a short scale derived from Tait, Entwistle, & McCune's (1998) ASSIST inventory and…
Descriptors: Rating Scales, Factor Analysis, Foreign Countries, Psychometrics
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Giallo, Rebecca; Kienhuis, Mandy; Treyvaud, Karli; Matthews, Jan – Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, 2008
The psychometric properties of the Parent Self-efficacy in Managing the Transition to School Scale (PSMTSS) were investigated with a sample of 763 mothers whose children were starting primary school in Australia. Exploratory factor analysis identified two factors, Efficacy and Worry, accounting for 56.6% of the total variance in parent…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Validity, Student Adjustment, Measures (Individuals)
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Gillis, John S.; Nadeau, Natalie; Claybourne, Marvin – Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, 2005
The 20 item Child Anxiety Scale (CAS) was administered to 343 elementary school children. Unweighted Least Squares extraction with oblique rotation produced 3 correlated primary factors that were interpreted as matching factors C, L and O of the Sixteen Personality Factors questionnaire for adults. Of particular interest was the factor L pattern…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Bullying, Measures (Individuals), Factor Analysis
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Garton, Alison F.; Gringart, Eyal – Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, 2005
Empathy has been suggested to facilitate effective collaborative problem solving in children. The current study adapted the Interpersonal Reactivity Index (IRI, Davis, 1980), a well-validated empathy measure for adults, for use with children aged 8 and 9 years. Four hundred and thirteen school children aged between 7;11 and 9;11 years completed…
Descriptors: Measures (Individuals), Factor Analysis, Psychometrics, Empathy
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Aldridge, Jill M.; Dorman, Jeffrey P.; Fraser, Barry J. – Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, 2004
This paper describes the validation of actual and preferred forms of a new classroom environment instrument--the Technology-Rich Outcomes-Focused Learning Environment Inventory (TROFLEI)--using multitrait-multimethod modelling. The 80-item TROFLEI assesses 10 classroom environment dimensions: Student Cohesiveness, Teacher Support, Involvement,…
Descriptors: Multitrait Multimethod Techniques, Validity, High School Students, Factor Analysis