ERIC Number: ED428079
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Jan-21
Factor Analysis of People Rather than Variables: Q and Other Two-Mode Factor Analytic Models.
Frederick, Brigitte N.
Factor analysis attempts to study how different objects group together to form factors with the purposes of: (1) reducing the number of factorable entities (e.g., variables) with which the researcher needs to deal; (2) searching data for qualitative and quantitative differences; and (3) testing hypotheses (R. Gorsuch, 1983). While most factor analytic studies focus on finding factors to represent groups of variables, other factor analyses that look at factoring people and occasions offer many possibilities to researchers. These alternative forms of factor analysis are discussed, with an emphasis on Q-technique, which attempts to identify types of people, as it may be of particular interest to psychologists and educators. (Contains 3 tables and 18 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association (San Antonio, TX, January 21-23, 1999).