University and school students' motivation for effortful thinking: Factor structure, reliability, and validity of the German Need for Cognition Scale

Bertrams, Alex; Dickhäuser, Oliver (2010). University and school students' motivation for effortful thinking: Factor structure, reliability, and validity of the German Need for Cognition Scale. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 26(4), pp. 263-268. Hogrefe 10.1027/1015-5759/a000035

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Need for cognition (NFC) reflects a relatively stable trait regarding the degree to which one enjoys and engages in cognitive endeavors. We examined whether the previously demonstrated one-dimensional structure of the German NFC Scale could be replicated in three samples of undergraduates and secondary school students. Moreover, we investigated the test-retest reliability of the German NFC Scale, which has not yet been tested. Further, we investigated whether the scale would be valid in a sample of secondary school students. Multigroup confirmatory factor analyses established the one-dimensional factor structure of the long form as well as the short form of the German NFC Scale for undergraduates (N = 559), students of academic track secondary schools (German Gymnasium; N = 555), and students of vocational track secondary schools (German Realschule; N = 486). The scale proved to have a high test-retest reliability in a university student sample (N = 43). For secondary school students, we again found a high test-retest reliability (N = 157), and also found the scale to be valid (N = 181).

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Education > Educational Psychology
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Education

UniBE Contributor:

Bertrams, Alexander Gregor

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 370 Education
100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

1015-5759

Publisher:

Hogrefe

Language:

English

Submitter:

Noemi Martina Casola

Date Deposited:

12 Mar 2015 10:30

Last Modified:

11 Jul 2017 17:04

Publisher DOI:

10.1027/1015-5759/a000035

Uncontrolled Keywords:

cognitive style, motivation, scale, questionnaires

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/64316

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