Factor Structure of Research Attitude among Graduate Students in Education

Abstract

Dropping survivability and rising drop-out rates in the graduate school is attributed to the demands that come along with research-related requirements. Graduate students tend to withdraw from their studies when confronted with such requirements. This act of succumbing to the challenge is primarily due to a negative mindset. An understanding of students’ views towards research is essential for teachers in facilitating research activities in the graduate school. One major concern, however, is the scarcity of tools with established psychometric properties. This study therefore aimed to develop an instrument that accurately gauges students' attitude towards research. Internal consistency and factor structure of the Research Attitude Inventory (RAIn) was assessed. A pool of items was initially constructed and was administered to a development sample composed of Masterate and Doctorate degree students. Results show that the RAIn is a reliable measure of research attitude (k=41, α max = 0.894). Principal component analysis using orthogonal rotation with Kaiser normalization identified four underlying factors of research attitude, namely predisposition, purpose, perception, and preparation.



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Janet Lynn S. Montemayor, Benguet State University, The Philippines

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Conference: ACE2016
Stream: Higher education

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