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ERIC Number: EJ1129674
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0267-1522
Personal Responsibility: An Integrative Review of Conceptual and Measurement Issues of the Construct
Mergler, Amanda
Research Papers in Education, v32 n2 p254-267 2017
This integrative literature review examines educational research that focuses on quantitative measurement of the construct of personal responsibility, in studies which included participants from middle childhood to young adulthood. National policies in education are increasingly concerned with values and skills that students develop through their education to take personal responsibility for their choices and actions. There were 11 studies that met selection criteria for the review. The review explored the definitions of personal responsibility used and the nature and quality of the measures developed to measure the construct. There are three key findings. First, there are strong commonalities in the definitions of personal responsibility, with self-control of behavioural choices identified as a key component of the construct in all studies. Second, there is a lack of agreement as to whether personal responsibility is a uni- or multidimensional construct. Third, there is a strong need for robust scale development, so reliable and valid measures of personal responsibility can be applied in studies exploring the development of personal responsibility from middle childhood to early adulthood and for use in intervention studies. Understanding the ways in which educational researchers have defined, conceptualised and measured personal responsibility provide directions for future research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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