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ERIC Number: EJ1055242
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6283
Initial Validation of an Instrument Measuring Psychology-Specific Epistemological Beliefs
Renken, Maggie D.; McMahan, Ethan A.; Nitkova, Martina
Teaching of Psychology, v42 n2 p126-136 Apr 2015
Psychology-specific epistemological beliefs (EBs) are believed to influence students' approach to and performance in psychology courses. However, empirical research on this topic is limited due in part to a lack of well-validated instruments measuring this construct. The primary objective of this research was to develop and validate the Psychology-Specific Epistemological Belief Scale (Psych-SEBS), a short self-report instrument measuring psychology-specific EBs. Study 1 addresses the structural validity, internal consistency, test-retest reliability, and convergent validity of the Psych-SEBS. Study 2 addresses the criterion-related and incremental validity of the Psych-SEBS. Findings indicated acceptable psychometric properties of this 13-item instrument and its three subscales, namely, significance of psychology research, subjective nature of psychology knowledge, and predictability of human behavior. Scores on Psych-SEBS scales were significantly associated with construct-relevant outcomes, including student interest and performance in psychology courses, and explained unique variance in these outcomes beyond that explained by existing instruments.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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