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Development of an Instrument for Measuring Familial Influence on Thai Studentsí Choices of International Education


Nattavud Pimpa
Monash Centre for Research in International Education nattpimpa@yahoo.com

 

 

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Abstract

This paper reviews the construct and measurement of familial influence on Thai studentsí choices of international education. It explains the development of the Familial Influence Scale (FIS) to measure five aspects of familial influence (finance, information, expectation, competition, and persuasion) on five choices of international education. The scale was tested for content and construct validity, and reliability (internal consistency). The three factors, ëfamily communicationí, ëfamily interactioní, and ëfamily fiscal influenceí, were supported by varimax factor analysis and had reliabilities from 0.79-0.95. Use of the combined scales, as a general ëfamilial influence scaleí, was supported by principal components analysis; reliability for the combined scale was 0.92. Finally, the internal consistency of the scale was calculated by employing a test-retest method to identify the reliability. The results indicate that FIS yields high internal consistency. Therefore, this scale is appropriate for the measurement of the influence of family on Thai studentís choices of international education.

Reliability, Validity, Choices of International Education, Family Influence, Thailand

 

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   Pimpa, N. (2003) Development of an Instrument for Measuring Familial Influence on Thai Studentsí Choices of International Education. International Education Journal, 4 (1), 24-29.
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