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ERIC Number: EJ909156
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1644
Multilevel Motivation and Engagement: Assessing Construct Validity across Students and Schools
Martin, Andrew J.; Malmberg, Lars-Erik; Liem, Gregory Arief D.
Educational and Psychological Measurement, v70 n6 p973-989 Dec 2010
Statistical biases associated with single-level analyses underscore the importance of partitioning variance/covariance matrices into individual and group levels. From a multilevel perspective based on data from 21,579 students in 58 high schools, the present study assesses the multilevel factor structure of motivation and engagement with a particular focus on a recently developed instrument (the Motivation and Engagement Scale-High School; MES-HS) shown in a wide variety of contexts to reflect sound student-level psychometric properties. Multilevel (or hierarchical linear) confirmatory factor analysis using Mplus demonstrated that at student and school levels, the hypothesized framework comprised sound factor structure. Multilevel invariance tests further demonstrated that key parameters were invariant across student and school levels. Results also showed that first and higher order factor correlations were in hypothesized directions and broadly parallel at student and school levels. Taken together, the MES-HS target factors and the framework from which they emanate demonstrate sound multilevel psychometric properties. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia