ERIC Number: EJ1095889
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Construction and Validation of a Questionnaire to Study Future Teachers' Beliefs about Cultural Diversity
López López, M. Carmen; Hinojosa Pareja, Eva F.
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v20 n5 p503-519 2016
The article presents the construction and validation process of a questionnaire designed to study student teachers' beliefs about cultural diversity. The study, beyond highlighting the complexity involved in the study of beliefs, emphasises their relevance in implementing inclusive educational processes that guarantee the right to a good education for all. The questionnaire was administered to 1464 students from the different Teacher Education specialties. The results show that the instrument has a satisfactory internal consistency and is structured in seven components that largely correspond to the theoretical proposals used as the basis for constructing the questionnaire. The actions and analyses performed in the process of elaborating this inventory represent an advance compared to other similar studies in this line of research. From a methodological point of view, they provide detailed information about the questionnaire's psychometric characteristics, reliability and validity, with particular emphasis on the empirical data stemming from its application. From a conceptual point of view, the study incorporates beliefs related to different theoretical models of attention to cultural diversity, as well as their possible practical derivations at different levels of specificity.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Test Construction, Construct Validity, Test Reliability, Questionnaires, Likert Scales, Preservice Teachers, Student Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs, Cultural Awareness, Diversity (Institutional), Student Diversity, Correlation, Data Analysis, Factor Analysis, Factor Structure, Gender Differences, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Spain