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ERIC Number: ED448169
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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A Factor Analysis of the Discipline Efficacy Scale.
Giles, Rebecca McMahon; Kazelskis, Richard; Reeves-Kazelskis, Carolyn
The Discipline Efficacy Scale (DES) was designed to measure personal and general teacher efficacy beliefs about student discipline. A confirmatory factor analysis of the proposed two-factor model was carried out using a sample of 206 junior- and senior-level preservice teacher education students. Goodness of fit measures did not suggest a good fit for the two factor model. The resulting chi square based on 34 degrees of freedom was 181.62 (p<.001), the ratio of chi square to degrees of freedom was high (5.34), and the root mean square error of approximation was also high (0.140). Since the proposed two factor model did not provide a satisfactory fit, the item responses were subjected to an exploratory factor analysis. A principal components analysis was used. The scree test and the eigenvalue greater than 1.0 criterion suggested two to four factors. Two, three, and four factor solutions were rotated using both orthogonal and oblique rotations. Based on factor interpretations and simple structure considerations, the three-factor oblique solution was deemed the most appropriate. Only one of the anticipated factors emerged, that of personal teacher efficacy. The remaining two factors will require further development prior to being used for research purposes. An appendix contains the DES instrument. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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