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Validating the Course Experience Questionnaire in West Bengal higher secondary education

Chakrabarty, Anup Kumar; Richardson, John T. E. and Sen, Malay Kumar (2016). Validating the Course Experience Questionnaire in West Bengal higher secondary education. Studies in Educational Evaluation, 50 pp. 71–78.

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The Course Experience Questionnaire (CEQ) is a 36-item instrument that is intended to measure six different aspects of students’ perceptions of the academic quality of their programmes. It has been widely used in Western countries, and it has also been used in non-Western countries, including China, Hong Kong, Japan and Pakistan. Nevertheless, in the latter countries, it has sometimes not been possible to identify the full range of constructs that were supposed to be measured by the original CEQ. We translated the CEQ into Bengali and administered this to 552 science students at 15 higher secondary schools in West Bengal, India. A confirmatory factor analysis found that their responses provided a poor fit to the original six-factor model of the CEQ. An exploratory factor analysis identified just four constructs, which reflected good teaching, generic skills, student support and appropriate workload. The items with salient loadings on the four factors were used to construct four scales. The students’ scores on three of the four scales showed satisfactory levels of internal consistency. A factor analysis of their scores on all four scales yielded one overarching factor that could be interpreted as a measure of perceived academic quality. A reduced version of the CEQ consisting of the 30 items that constitute these four scales can be recommended as a measure of students’ perceptions of the academic quality of programmes in West Bengal.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2016 Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN: 0191-491X
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
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Keywords: Confirmatory factor analysis; Course Experience Questionnaire; Exploratory factor analysis; Perceptions of academic quality; West Bengal
Academic Unit/School: Learning Teaching and Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning Teaching and Innovation (LTI)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 46946
Depositing User: John T. E. Richardson
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2016 10:27
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2017 10:56
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