Evaluating a Structural Equation Model Measuring Lifelong Learning and Continuing Education Factors

By Sofia D. Anastasiadou.

Published by Management Education: An International Journal

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The present study examines the validity and reliability of an instrument (a structural equation model) designed for measuring lifelong learning and continuing education factors. Specifically, it evaluates construct validity by estimating both convergent and discriminate validity, while evaluating the internal consistency of the instrument itself. Another aim of the study is to estimate how the instrument determines the reasonable relations among the latent factors that are the value of continuing education, in the certification of adult educators, the use of different teaching methods, the learners’ personal satisfaction and finally, the attendance in adult education programs. The uniqueness of this study is based on the construction of a valid and reliable instrument which can be used by researchers to evaluate graduate or post graduate students’ opinions and perceptions about continuing education. Implications of the present study can be used by every candidate educator, teacher, leader in a class or in any other kind of working team as it is helpful for educators to be aware of the changing role of lifelong learning and continuing education factors and its new dimensions of effectiveness in order to be well prepared and successful.

Keywords: Reliability, Convergent Validity, Discriminate Validity, Structural Equation Model, Continuing Education

Management Education: An International Journal, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp.21-34. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 497.189KB).

Dr. Sofia D. Anastasiadou

Assosiate professor, Department of Preeschool Education, University of Western Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece, Greece

Sofia Anastasiadou holds a BSc from the Department of Mathematics of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, and a Master’s degree in Mathematics Education from Surrey University of Kingston in Great Bretagne. She has obtained her Ph.D in Multidimensional Statistical Analysis at the Macedonia University of Thessaloniki in Greece. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Applied Statistics and Educational Research in the Department of Preschool Education at the University of Western Macedonia in Greece. Apart from Statistics and Mathematics Education in Primary, Secondary, and Higher Education her research interests are also focused in the Analysis and Interpretation of Multivariate Data for Social Science. Sofia Anastasiadou has published more than 150 papers in Greek, European and International Scientific Journals.