Psychometric properties of the academic perceptions questionnaire for the assessment of first-year university students´ expectations | Propiedades psicométricas del cuestionario de percepciones académicas para la evaluación de las expectativas de los estudiantes de primer año en enseñanza superior

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Author list: Araújo AM
Publisher: Universidad de Murcia / Servicio de Publicaciones
Publication year: 2015
Volume number: 31
Issue number: 1
Start page: 280
End page: 289
Number of pages: 10
ISSN: 0212-9728
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB), Portuguese-Portugal (PT-PT)


This paper aims to test the psychometric validity and reliability of a
measure of first-year university students’ expectations, based on a
multidimensional conception of expectations. The sample consisted of 759
first-year students, attending various academic degrees at the
Universities of Vigo-Ourense and University of Minho. The value Mdn age
was 19, with only 5.3% with ages above 23 years. Participants answered a
set of 56 items based on seven different dimensions of expectations.
Results of confirmatory factor analysis, were carried out with LISREL.
Factorial validity, and factors’ convergent and discriminant validity
were assured. These results, along with evidences reliability, suggest
that the Academic Perceptions Questionnaire presents a final structure
composed of seven expectation dimensions, including 42 items: Training
for employment/career, Personal and social development, Student
mobility, Political and citizenship involvement, Social pressure,
Quality of education, and Social interaction. The equivalence of
measurement model in the two languages and in two groups randomly
derived from the full sample was also verified. The results of this
structural validity study support the assessment of the expectations of
first-year students in Higher Education with the questionnaire.


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