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ERIC Number: ED466780
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov-14
Pages: 42
Abstractor: N/A
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Reporting Practice and Use of Exploratory Factor Analysis in Educational Research Journals.
Henson, Robin K.; Capraro, Robert M.; Capraro, Mary Margaret
Appropriate use of exploratory factor analysis (EFA) requires a series of thoughtful analytical decisions. Adequate reporting of an EFA would allow external evaluation of the decisions made by the analyst. This paper briefly reviews some of the decisions necessary in an EFA. It provides an empirical review of reporting practice in three educational research journals, and notes several errors in both EFA use and reporting. Three journals were identified for the study: (1) American Educational Research Journal; (2) Journal of Educational Research; and (3) The Elementary School Journal. Examination of 14 total volumes across the journals resulted in the coding of 49 EFAs for the current study. Several errors of use and reporting omissions were noted in the study, and recommendations for improved practice are presented. (Contains 4 tables and 59 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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