ERIC Number: EJ723813
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 48
A JARCC Toolbox Article--Development of a Multidimensional Educational Commitment Scale
Hellman, Chan M.; Williams-Miller, Janice
Journal of Applied Research in the Community College, v13 n1 p19-30 Fall 2005
Due to diversity of students and their attendance patterns, community colleges face unique challenges in assessing and monitoring student commitment and persistence. This study presents the psychometric properties on a 13-item educational commitment scale measuring a three dimensional construct representing affective, normative and continuance commitment to one's education. Item analyses, internal consistency reliability and Principal Components Analysis with promax rotation provide preliminary support for the theoretically developed scale with regards to the content homogeneity of items. It is argued that this new construct can add clarity to a growing literature investigating college student enrollment behaviors. If subsequent research finds that the instrument accurately predicts student behavior, such as in persistence, colleges would have an efficient means for determining student dropout proneness.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Students, Academic Persistence, Measures (Individuals), Psychometrics, Item Analysis, Factor Structure, Educational Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
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