Measuring Student Graduateness: Reliability and Construct Validity of the Graduate Skills and Attributes Scale
Higher Education Research and Development Volume 33, Number 5, ISSN 0729-4360
This study reports the development and validation of the Graduate Skills and Attributes Scale which was initially administered to a random sample of 272 third-year-level and postgraduate-level, distance-learning higher education students. The data were analysed using exploratory factor analysis. In a second study, the scale was administered to a stratified proportional random sample of 1102 early-career, undergraduate open distance-learning higher education students in the economic and management sciences field. The data were analysed using confirmatory factor and Rasch analyses. The structural validity and reliability of the scale were confirmed by the results. Educators and learning and development practitioners may be able to use the findings in their teaching, learning and assessment design.
Coetzee, M. (2014). Measuring Student Graduateness: Reliability and Construct Validity of the Graduate Skills and Attributes Scale. Higher Education Research and Development, 33(5), 887-902.