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ERIC Number: ED139631
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Factor Analytical Study of the Research Priorities of Science Educators.
Yeany, Russell H., Jr.; Capie, William R.
A research priorities study conducted during 1976 generated 35 science education research statements which were rated by the membership on a priorities scale. The purpose of this study was to condense this set of 35 statements into factors which were inherent to the set. A second purpose was to collapse the statements into fewer meaningful and manageable groups. The priority rankings given to each item by the respondents were analyzed through four factor analytical procedures. The first analysis indicated that there were six factors with eigenvalues greater than 1 underlying the 35 research statements. When the number of factors which could develop was limited to six, the nature of one factor changed somewhat because of a shift in the item loadings. When only five factors were allowed to develop, this factor disappeared and the items in it loaded on several other factors. The five factors which remained were identifiable in the initial analysis and the six-factor limited analysis. When the factor was limited to four, the nature of the factors was much more ambiguous because of shifting items. (Author/MH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (50th, Cincinnati, Ohio, March 22-24, 1977); Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document