The development of a measure of identity for indigenous Australian school students

Albion, M. J. and Henschell, A. (2008) The development of a measure of identity for indigenous Australian school students. In: 43rd Annual Australian Psychological Society Conference (APS 2008): Psychology Leading Change, 23-27 Sep 2008, Hobart, Australia.

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Purdie, Tripcony, Boulton-Lewis, Fanshawe, and Gunstone (2000) suggest that poorer academic outcomes, lower education retention rates, and higher absenteeism of Indigenous students could be improved if they had more opportunity to experience success and develop positive perceptions about themselves as students. The aim of this study was to develop a valid and reliable measure of identity for Indigenous Australian school students. Challenges faced in the construction of the scale included the need to keep it short and simple for in-class use, and
the need to make it flexible enough to be used across all grade levels. Substantial evidence was found for the validity and reliability of the resulting 28 item scale, the Positive Identity Questionnaire (PIQ). The ability of the PIQ to measure nine self-concept dimensions provided evidence for the construct validity of this questionnaire. All components with four items or more were internally consistent for participants in grades 1 to 12. The PIQ demonstrated satisfactory test-retest reliability when calculated for all participants. However it was found that the PIQ may not be as valid or reliable for children in grades 1 to 3 as it is for children and adolescents in grades 4 to 12.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2009 11:32
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2014 01:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: identity; self esteem; education; Australia; indigenous students
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939901 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/00049530802385558

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