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ERIC Number: EJ1068654
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1913-9020
Validation of the Chinese Version of the Epistemic Beliefs Inventory Using Confirmatory Factor Analysis
Wang, Xihui; Zhang, Zhidong; Zhang, Xiuying; Hou, Dadong
International Education Studies, v6 n8 p98-111 2013
The Epistemic Beliefs Inventory (EBI), as a theory-based and empirically validated instrument, was originally developed and widely used in the North American context. Through a strict translation procedure the authors translated the EBI into Chinese, and then administered it to 451 students in 7 universities in mainland China. The construct validity of scores on the Chinese version of the EBI (EBI-C) was examined with confirmatory factor analysis (CFA). The results confirmed the original 5 factors: Simple Knowledge (SK), Certain Knowledge (CK), Innate Ability (IA), Omniscient Authority (OA), and Quick Learning (QL). Yet the overall model fit was unsatisfactory, ?[superscript 2] (449) = 1167.32, GFI = 0.85, and RMSEA = 0.06. After two model respecifications with interpretable solutions, the overall model fit was substantially improved with ?[superscript 2] (265) = 510.81, GFI = 0.92, RMSEA = 0.04. The EBI-C can be used in China and other Chinese-speaking regions and communities. Cross-cultural research in the area of epistemic beliefs becomes more feasible because of the presence of the parallel instrument.
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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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Identifiers - Location: China
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