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ERIC Number: EJ881848
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
ISSN: ISSN-0924-3453
Multilevel Exploratory Factor Analysis: Illustrating Its Surplus Value in Educational Effectiveness Research
D'Haenens, Ellen; Van Damme, Jan; Onghena, Patrick
School Effectiveness and School Improvement, v21 n2 p209-235 Jun 2010
This paper illustrates the surplus value of multilevel exploratory factor analysis in educational effectiveness research. Educational researchers often use measures for process variables at the class or school level to explain differences in student outcomes. Recently, van de Vijver and Poortinga (2002) have developed a procedure for multilevel exploratory factor analysis which can be extremely useful in this kind of application. Their procedure, which is based on the "multilevel confirmatory factor analysis" framework of Muthen (1994), is demonstrated by means of constructing measures for school process variables based on teacher data. Every step of the procedure is nicely illustrated and commented on using these data. Furthermore, the meaning of the findings and challenges when using multilevel exploratory factor analysis are emphasized. (Contains 3 notes, 3 tables, and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium