ERIC Number: ED468714
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Development and Testing of an Instrument Measuring a School Faculty's Commitment to Continuous Learning and Improvement.
Meehan, Merrill L.; Cowley, Kimberly S.; Wiersma, William; Orletsky, Sandra R.; Sattes, Beth D.; Walsh, Jackie A.
As part of its school improvement effort, AEL, a regional education laboratory, developed the Continuous School Improvement Questionnaire (AEL CSIQ). Staff from the AEL Quest schools program drafted a 65-item questionnaire to help measure and assess the efforts of the project team in their work with the 18 schools in the Quest network. These items embodied the six major concepts of the Quest school improvement program. After review and refinement, 42-item and 117-item versions of the scale were developed and combined for pilot testing. Pilot and field tests provided much information about the AEL CSIQ and its measurement. With data from more than 3,800 educators in 132 schools, the statistics generated have high stability and precision. The testing of the AEL CSIQ in the field fostered its development into an excellent and usable 6-item inventory. The CSIQ was reduced from 147 items with unequal numbers of items in subscales to 10 items in each subscale. The AEL CSIQ was found to be very sound technically. Internal consistency reliability was sound for all subscales, as was stability reliability. The instrument showed satisfactory concurrent validity with another school climate instrument. The items had face validity based on content, and the factor analysis provided strong support for the construct validity of the entire inventory as reflected by the subscales. (Contains 12 tables, 1 figure, and 5 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: AEL, Inc., Charleston, WV.