Volume 6 Issue 3 (2017)

Development of a Scale for the Attitude Towards Children’s Rights Education

pp. 26-41  |  Published Online: September 2017  |  DOI: 10.22521/edupij.2017.63.3

Ayse Ozturk, Ahmet Doganay

Abstract

The objective of this study was to develop a Scale for the Attitude Towards Children’s Rights Education (ATCRE) for teacher candidates. The study group was comprised of 550 classroom and pre-school teacher candidates in Turkey. Proofs regarding the construct validity of the scale were acquired via Exploratory Factor Analysis (EFA) and Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA). A scale structure comprised of 20 items and three factors was reached as a result of EFA. It was determined that the three factors determined explain 68.188% of the total variance. CFA was carried out in order to check the validity of the construct acquired as a result of EFA. It was determined from the CFA fit indexes that GFI(.90), AGFI(.88) and NFI(.93) are at acceptable fit levels whereas X2/sd(CMIN/DF) (1.234), CFI(.99), IFI(.99), RMSEA(.039), SRMR(.039) are at perfect fit levels. Cronbach Alpha (internal consistency) reliability coefficients, test-retest reliability, item total correlations and item distinctiveness values were examined. Cronbach Alpha value for the whole scale was calculated as .914. Whereas the Cronbach Alpha values for the sub-factors of the scale were calculated respectively as .902, .930 and .881. In conclusion, it can be stated that a reliable and valid measurement instrument has been reached.

Keywords: children’s rights, children’s rights education, scale development, children’s rights education attitude, teacher candidates, teacher education

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