Advantages and Disadvantages of Modeling Beliefs by Single Item and Scale Models in the Context of the Theory of Planned Behavior

Teachers’ beliefs about science teaching vary greatly. To analyze the relationships between teachers’ beliefs and other variables related to teaching and learning, researchers can use the following two options: single item belief models or belief scales. In this study, we compared both models in the...

Authors: Heuckmann, Benedikt
Hammann, Marcus
Asshoff, Roman
Division/Institute:FB 13: Biologie
Document types:Article
Media types:Text
Publication date:2019
Date of publication on miami:13.11.2019
Modification date:13.11.2019
Edition statement:[Electronic ed.]
Source:Education Sciences 9 (2019) 4, 268, 1-21
Subjects:theory of planned behavior; beliefs; MIMIC model; cancer education; structural equation modeling; biology education; intervention; teacher training
DDC Subject:570: Biowissenschaften; Biologie
License:CC BY 4.0
Language:English
Format:PDF document
URN:urn:nbn:de:hbz:6-73119583314
Permalink:http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:hbz:6-73119583314
Other Identifiers:DOI: 10.3390/educsci9040268
Digital documents:artikel_heuckmann_2019.pdf

Teachers’ beliefs about science teaching vary greatly. To analyze the relationships between teachers’ beliefs and other variables related to teaching and learning, researchers can use the following two options: single item belief models or belief scales. In this study, we compared both models in the context of teachers’ beliefs regarding teaching about cancer. Although both models exhibited a good model fit, each approach had both advantages and disadvantages when we judged the modelling approaches in terms of fulfilling the requirements of common psychometric standards and adequately acknowledging the diversity of different beliefs. We discuss the predictive value of both models and their contribution to planning belief-based interventions for cancer education. We argue that researchers should combine the advantages of single item and scale models when analyzing the diversity of teachers’ beliefs.