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ERIC Number: EJ1158905
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0307-5079
Assessing Agency of University Students: Validation of the AUS Scale
Jääskelä, Päivikki; Poikkeus, Anna-Maija; Vasalampi, Kati; Valleala, Ulla Maija; Rasku-Puttonen, Helena
Studies in Higher Education, v42 n11 p2061-2079 2017
Fostering agency as a core component of professionalism is seen as a critical task of higher education. However, the tools for assessing university students' agency, and the pedagogical and relational resources needed for its development, are lacking. The present study describes the theoretical foundations and factor structure of the newly developed Agency of University Students (AUS) Scale, which assesses students' course-specific agency. In the factor analysis, 10 factors emerged. Four of these--Interest and motivation, Self-efficacy, Competence beliefs and Participation activity--are seen to represent individual resources of agency. The other four factors--Equal treatment, Teacher support, Peer support and Trust--represent relational sources of agency. Finally, Opportunities to influence and Opportunities to make choices represent contextual sources of agency. The psychometric properties and uses of the scale are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland
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