ERIC Number: EJ815902
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
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Use of Multitrait-Multimethod Modelling to Validate Actual and Preferred Forms of the What Is Happening In this Class? (WIHIC) Questionnaire
Dorman, Jeffrey P.
Learning Environments Research, v11 n3 p179-193 Oct 2008
This article describes the validation of scores on actual and preferred forms of the What Is Happening In this Class? (WIHIC). The WIHIC is a 56-item instrument that assesses seven classroom environment dimensions: Student Cohesiveness, Teacher Support, Involvement, Investigation, Task Orientation, Cooperation and Equity. A sample of 978 secondary school students from Australia responded to actual and preferred forms of the WIHIC. Separate confirmatory factor analyses for the actual and preferred forms supported the seven-scale a priori structure of the instrument. Fit statistics indicated a good fit of the models to the data. The use of multitrait-multimethod modelling with the seven scales as traits and the two forms of the instrument as methods supported the WIHIC's construct validity. This research has provided strong evidence of the sound psychometric properties of the WIHIC.
Descriptors: Multitrait Multimethod Techniques, Construct Validity, Foreign Countries, Psychometrics, Classroom Environment, Secondary School Students, Questionnaires, Factor Analysis, Evaluation Research, Goodness of Fit, Measures (Individuals)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia