INFANT TODDLER EDUCATION BELIEF SCALE FOR PRE-SERVICE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS (ITEBS4PECES): VALIDITY AND RELIABILITY ANALYSIS

Şenil Ünlü-Çetin, Hakan Koğar

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The aim of the current study is to develop a scale that measure pre-service early childhood educators’ beliefs about infant and toddler education(I/TE). 384 candidate early childhood educators from different public universities were constituted the sample of the study. Reliability and validity analysis were run for the 60-items “Infant Toddler Education Belief Scale for pre-service early childhood educators (ITEBS4PECES)”. Explanatory and Confirmatory factor analysis of ITEBS4PECES indicated that ITEBS4PECES is a 5-Likert scale with 35 items and four factors. Factor loading values ranged between .439 and .762. The total variance explained by the scale is 39.02%. The reliability coefficients of Cronbach alpha ranged from 0.81 to 0.85 for factors. As one of the first attempts to measure beliefs about infant-toddler education of pre-service teachers, this valid and reliable scale is believed to lead more research on infant toddler education and by this way contribute a lot to early childhood education field.

 

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infant toddler education, pre-service teacher beliefs, scale development, pre-service early childhood educators

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