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ERIC Number: EJ833769
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0361-0365
The Construct Validity of Student Engagement: A Confirmatory Factor Analysis Approach
LaNasa, Steven M.; Cabrera, Alberto F.; Trangsrud, Heather
Research in Higher Education, v50 n4 p315-332 Jun 2009
As institutions seek to promote student engagement on campus, the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is increasingly being used to chart progress and compare results using the Five Benchmark Scores. While recent research has begun to decompose the five benchmarks in a variety of ways; few research studies have sought to explore the underlying structure of these five benchmarks, their interdependence, and the extent to which the items do reflect those five dimensions. This study begins to address the instrument's construct validity by submitting a single, first-time freshman cohort's NSSE responses to a confirmatory factor analysis, and proposes as an alternative, eight "dimensions" of student engagement that fit this set of data slightly better and in a more useful way. Results have practical implications for institutions utilizing NSSE, but also contain conceptual implications pertaining to the application of these benchmarks.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Survey of Student Engagement