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  • Title: An Exploratory Evaluation of an Educational Orientation Instrument for Pre-university Students
  • Author(s): MÓNICA LUQUE SUÁREZ, María Del Carmen Olmos Gómez, Maria Tome Fernandez
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: The Learner
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Learning in Higher Education
  • Keywords: Academic Orientation, Questionnaire, Validation, Exploratory Factorial Analysis
  • Volume: 26
  • Issue: 1
  • Year: 2019
  • ISSN: 2327-7955 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2327-8749 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2327-7955/CGP/v26i01/11-21
  • Citation: LUQUE SUÁREZ, MÓNICA , María Del Carmen Olmos Gómez, and Maria Tome Fernandez. 2019. "An Exploratory Evaluation of an Educational Orientation Instrument for Pre-university Students." The International Journal of Learning in Higher Education 26 (1): 11-21. doi:10.18848/2327-7955/CGP/v26i01/11-21.
  • Extent: 11 pages

Abstract

Throughout the history of education, the role of academic guidance has been steadily present in institutions and mainly considered as a continuous supportive approach from a professional to a person faced with enduring an adaptation process over time. The aim of this investigation is to build a valid and reliable instrument to evaluate academic orientation in the educational period of secondary education and higher secondary education courses. For this purpose, a validation process of the instrument has been carried out that focuses on theoretical and metrical principles. In fact, the validation of this questionnaire began in its theoretic construction phase and further developed with the application of the aforementioned to a sample of students who were undergoing the university admission test. With the data obtained from this sample, the validation process continued, and an exploratory analysis was carried out to determine the number of factors and the elements that may be combined in each one. The data obtained from the exploratory factorial analysis highlights seven principal factors and the influence of each variable therein. Then, it reflects upon the reliability and validity of the instrument that is analyzed in this study. As a future line of investigation, the carrying out of a confirmatory factorial analysis is considered and based on structural equation modeling or structural covariance analysis.