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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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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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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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Abd-El-Fattah, Sabry M.; AL-Sinani, Yousra; El Shourbagi, Sahar; Fakhroo, Hessa A. – Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, 2014
This study uses the Rasch model technique to examine the dimensionality structure and differential item functioning of the Arabic version of the Perceived Physical Ability Scale for Children (PPASC). A sample of 220 Omani fourth graders (120 males and 100 females) responded to an Arabic translated version of the PPASC. Data on students'…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Item Response Theory, Test Bias, Grade 4
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Skues, Jason L.; Cunningham, Everarda G. – Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, 2013
This study examined the validity of using teacher-administered educational and intelligence tests to screen students for learning disabilities (LDs). Twenty-seven Technical and Further Education (TAFE) students from regional Victoria who were enrolled in a program that was designed to reconnect school dropouts with education via TAFE participated…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Learning Disabilities, Disability Identification, Screening Tests
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Magee, Robert G.; Jones, Brett D. – Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, 2012
This article describes the development of an instrument to assess beliefs about standardized testing in schools, a topic of much heated debate. The Beliefs About Standardized Testing scale was developed to measure the extent to which individuals support high-stakes standardized testing. The 9-item scale comprises three subscales which measure…
Descriptors: Testing, Measures (Individuals), Standardized Tests, Epistemology
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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