NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
ERIC Number: EJ826290
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3532
Validity Study of the Thinking Styles Inventory
Black, Anne C.; McCoach, D. Betsy
Journal for the Education of the Gifted, v32 n2 p180-210 Win 2008
This article examines the psychometric properties of the 104-item Thinking Styles Inventory (TSI; Sternberg & Wagner, 1992) using responses from 789 students from 4 high schools in Connecticut. Twelve of the 13 subscales identified in mental self-government (MSG) theory (Sternberg, 1988, 1997) were included in all analyses. Both subscale- and item-level confirmatory factor analysis failed to confirm the theory-proposed 5-factor structure as well as 3 other structural models identified in previous studies. Post hoc item-level exploratory factory analysis and subscale score reliability analysis resulted in the omission of 64 original items due to weak psychometric properties. Thirty-two original items were retained, comprising 5 subscales, Liberal/Progressive, External, Hierarchic, Judicial, and Legislative/Self-Reliant, largely consistent with those identified in MSG theory. Implications of the results are discussed. (Contains 8 tables and 1 endnote.)
Prufrock Press Inc. P.O. Box 8813, Waco, TX 76714-8813. Tel: 800-998-2208; Tel: 254-756-3337; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut