ERIC Number: ED364589
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The Unnumbered Graphic Scale as a Data-Collection Method: An Investigation Comparing Three Measurement Strategies in the Context of Q-Technique Factor Analysis.
Thompson, Bruce; Dennings, Bruce
Q-technique factor analysis identifies clusters or factors of people, rather than of variables, and has proven very popular, especially with regard to testing typology theories. The present study investigated the utility of three different protocols for obtaining data for Q-technique studies. These three protocols were: (1) a conventional ipsative 9-category Q-sort; (2) a normative response format using unnumbered graphic scales subsequently scored on a 1-to-15 scale; and (3) a normative 5-point Likert scale. Subjects were 10 psychologists reacting to 97 variables in each of the 3 protocols. It was found that normative rating data may be useful in Q-technique studies, at least under some circumstances. It is also suggested that aggregating Q-technique data across repeated measurements may also be useful in some studies. Seven tables and five figures present study data. (Contains 28 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Ipsative Measurement; Unnumbered Graphic Scales
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (22nd, New Orleans, LA, November 11-12, 1993).