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ERIC Number: ED515320
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 198
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1096-8029-4
A Confirmatory Factor Analysis of Teaching Presence within the Florida Online Reading Professional Development Program
Stevison, Melinda Gay
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Central Florida
The Community of Inquiry model provides a framework for recognizing and evaluating interpersonal behaviors in online educational settings. One of its three components, teaching presence (TP), describes those behaviors that are under the auspices of the online instructor. By examining these interactions and behaviors through the theoretical lens provided by teaching presence, and by measuring them with the Teaching Presence Scale (TPS), it may be possible to gain greater understanding of the practices employed most effectively by online instructors. This dissertation describes the background, theoretical and empirical foundations, methods, and results of a study on TP. The purpose of the study was threefold: to validate the use of the TPS in an online professional development setting outside of the higher education context in which it was designed and tested; to confirm the factor composition of TP among facilitators in an online professional development course; and to determine the extent and direction of the relationship between teaching presence and student satisfaction. The participants in this study (n = 718) were in-service educators enrolled at the Florida Online Reading Professional Development program. They responded to an instrument that included the 28 original TPS questions, plus 17 student satisfaction and 11 demographic items. Confirmatory factor analysis and Pearson's correlation were used to answer the three research questions and corresponding hypotheses. The research questions were answered in the affirmative, and the null hypotheses rejected. There was support for the use of the TPS in an online professional development setting (all 28 TPS items loaded as hypothesized on the three TP factors); support for a three-factor model of TP using 17 of the 28 TPS items (X[superscript 2] [116, N = 718] = 115.56, p = 0.49, CFI = 0.999; NNFI = 0.999; SRMR = 0.02; and RMSEA = 0.03); and evidence of a strong relationship between components of TP and student satisfaction (statistically significant correlations [p less than 0.001] between TP and student satisfaction, r2 values ranging from 0.25 to 0.57). A discussion of the results, implications for practice, implications for further research, and limitations of the study were presented following the data analysis. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida