ERIC Number: ED445598
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Factors Influencing Participation in Higher Education: Exploring the Factor Structure of a Questionnaire.
Harris, Sandra M.; Halpin, Glennelle
The purpose of this study was to investigate the factor structure of a Factors Influencing Pursuit of Higher Education (FIPHE) Questionnaire which addresses factors influencing a person's decision to pursue higher education. Researchers used a literature-based, rational factors approach to develop the questionnaire; the three-part study included a pilot study to assess the internal consistency of the scales (e.g., evaluate mechanical aspects such as grammar, form, content, readability); a second study to validate the questionnaire; and a third study to evaluate the factor structure of the questionnaire. Study participants were students enrolled in general studies classes at two southeastern universities during spring 1997 and fall 1998 semesters. Internal consistencies were evaluated through a reliability analysis. Factor analysis revealed that the hypothesized structure of the questionnaire to be somewhat accurate, with the 9-factor solution as effective as the 10-factor solution in defining the set of variables. The results of the study suggested that the FIPHE questionnaire was a potentially useful instrument for investigating the factors that influence individuals to pursue higher education. (CH)
Descriptors: College Bound Students, Construct Validity, Educational Research, Expectation, Factor Analysis, Factor Structure, Family Influence, Higher Education, Item Analysis, Locus of Control, Peer Influence, Prediction, Questionnaires, Reliability, Research Methodology, Self Efficacy, Statistical Analysis, Student Financial Aid, Student Motivation, Tables (Data), Test Construction
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Point Clear, AL, 1999).