Date

7-2013

Department

School of Education

Degree

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Chair

James Swezey

Primary Subject Area

Education, Higher; Education, Religious; Education, Tests and Measurements

Keywords

biblical, Christian, heart-orientation, higher education, scale, worldview

Disciplines

Christianity | Educational Leadership | Educational Methods | Educational Psychology | Higher Education

Abstract

This quantitative study examined the structure, validity, and reliability of the Three-Dimensional Worldview Survey-Form C (3DWS-Form C) for potential use in postsecondary Christian institutions. This instrument delineates from other worldview instruments in that it purports to measure three components of a person's worldview: propositions, behaviors, and heart-orientation. Principal components analysis (PCA) was used to examine the underlying component structure and construct validity of the instrument. Cronbach's alpha and the Spearman-Brown prophecy formula were used to assess the internal consistency and reliability of the instrument. Participants were first-year university students attending a large Christian university in Virginia. Results of the study indicated the presence of a three-component structure, although item loadings were not consistent with previous research.