ERIC Number: ED448626
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Sisters as a Source of Motivation for Those Pursuing Higher Education.
Harris, Sandra M.
This study reports ad hoc findings of a study research project that explored the statistical properties of a questionnaire investigating the factors that motivate individuals to pursue higher education. The researcher used the literature-based, researcher-developed Factors Influencing Participation in Higher Education Questionnaire (S. Harris, 1999) to determine, quantitatively, college-going factors. The sample consisted of 509 participants from 2 southeastern universities. Reliability estimates for the scales ranged from 0.66 to 0.90. Principal components analysis using varimax rotation was used to factor analyze the data. While 10 factors were specified as the extraction criteria, a 9-factor solution was as effective in defining the data, accounting for 43% of the common variance. The three items regarding sisters merged as a separate scale, which the researcher named the Sister's Influence Scale. A post hoc reliability analysis revealed a coefficient alpha of 0.81 for the scale. In addition, a correlation analysis showed that the scale was significantly correlated with 9 of 19 other measures of interest. The significant correlation coefficients ranged from -0.12 to 0.42. The researcher concluded that, although not hypothesized as an original scale, the Sister's Influence Scale is a valid and psychometrically sound scale that warrants further investigation. (Contains 3 tables and 24 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (28th, Bowling Green, KY, November 15-17, 2000).