Validation of a new scale Evaluating the Personal, Interpersonal and Contextual dimensions of growth through learning – the EPIC scale

Ingrid Obsuth, Ruth Harriet Brown, Ruth Armstrong

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Learning Together (LT) is a co-educational programme that brings prison- and university-based students together to study in ways that encourage growth via transformative learning. Interviews with participating students identified six core factors that they believed LT fosters: self-efficacy, interpersonal-efficacy, self-esteem, perspective-taking, future orientation, and social cohesion. The current study aimed to validate a new scale Evaluating the Personal, Interpersonal, and Contextual dimensions of growth through LT (the EPIC scale) to assesses all of them concurrently. University students (N = 852) completed the EPIC scale, the questionnaires from which it was adapted, and additional measures to ascertain construct, convergent and discriminant validity. Analyses identified seven-factors, where self-efficacy parsed into ‘Perseverance’ and ‘Drive’. Each of the factors showed relations with the original and related measures. The EPIC scale is a psychometrically sound assessment tool that may be reliably used to track the personal development of students across their participation in learning programmes, including LT.
Original languageEnglish
Article number101154
Number of pages11
JournalStudies in Educational Evaluation
Volume74
Early online date29 Apr 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Learning Together
  • transformative learning
  • measure development
  • psychometric properties

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