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Pages: 4030-4040
Publication year: 2019
ISBN: 978-84-09-12031-4
ISSN: 2340-1117
doi: 10.21125/edulearn.2019.1026

Conference name: 11th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 1-3 July, 2019
Location: Palma, Spain

REVALIDATION OF THE ACADEMIC QUALITY OF LIFE QUESTIONNAIRE FOR STUDENTS ATTENDING PORTUGUESE POLYTECHNIC HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS

M. Ferreira1, S. Campos1, R. Guiné2, J. Duarte1, J.L. Abrantes3, L. Cabral1

1Escola Superior de Saúde, Instituto Politécnico de Viseu (PORTUGAL)
2Escola Superior Agrária, Instituto Politécnico de Viseu (PORTUGAL)
3Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestão, Instituto Politécnico de Viseu (PORTUGAL)
Introduction:
School dropout is a serious problem that has been affecting the different educational systems. It jeopardizes the quality of the institutions and of the very teaching system. This situation is getting worse and may be related to the students’ Quality of Academic Life

Objectives:
To Test the factorial structure of the Academic Quality of Life Scale for Portuguese higher education students

Method:
A quantitative, cross-sectional, descriptive and correlational study was carried out. A socio-demographic characterization questionnaire for students and Almeida, Soares and Ferreira’s Academic Experiences Questionnaire (QVA-R) (2002) were the instruments used to collect data. The sample consisted of 891 students. 68.2% of them were female students. The age of the participants ranged between 17 and 40 year and corresponds to a mean age of 19.68 years (± 2.34 years).

Findings:
Almeida, Soares and Ferreira’s Academic Experiences Questionnaire (QVA-R) (2002), once its validation was concluded, included 35 items. Confirmatory factor analysis demonstrated the validity of its structure in the five following dimensions: Personal (F. 1 = 9 items)-; Study (F. 2 = 7 items); Interpersonal (F. 3 = 8 items); Career (F. 4 = 8 items); Institutional (F. 5 = 3 items);
Statistics regarding the quality of students’ academic life shows an average index of 60.46%; ± 10.02SD. The highest index values are found in the institutional dimension.
Female students exhibit the highest index values in dimensions such as the Quality of Personal Life dimension, Profession/Career dimension, Study dimension, Institutional dimension and Overall Quality of Life dimension. Male students reveal higher index values in the Quality of Life dimension, Interpersonal and Career dimensions.

Conclusions:
The results of the study support the psychometric adequacy of Almeida, Soares and Ferreira’s Academic Experiences Questionnaire (QVA-R) (2002) for the Portuguese population. They also prove that it can be used in experiments covering this field. The exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis suggests the validity of its structure in 5 factors.
@InProceedings{FERREIRA2019REV,
author = {Ferreira, M. and Campos, S. and Guin{\'{e}}, R. and Duarte, J. and Abrantes, J.L. and Cabral, L.},
title = {REVALIDATION OF THE ACADEMIC QUALITY OF LIFE QUESTIONNAIRE FOR STUDENTS ATTENDING PORTUGUESE POLYTECHNIC HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS},
series = {11th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies},
booktitle = {EDULEARN19 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-09-12031-4},
issn = {2340-1117},
doi = {10.21125/edulearn.2019.1026},
url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.21125/edulearn.2019.1026},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Palma, Spain},
month = {1-3 July, 2019},
year = {2019},
pages = {4030-4040}}
TY - CONF
AU - M. Ferreira AU - S. Campos AU - R. Guiné AU - J. Duarte AU - J.L. Abrantes AU - L. Cabral
TI - REVALIDATION OF THE ACADEMIC QUALITY OF LIFE QUESTIONNAIRE FOR STUDENTS ATTENDING PORTUGUESE POLYTECHNIC HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS
SN - 978-84-09-12031-4/2340-1117
DO - 10.21125/edulearn.2019.1026
PY - 2019
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CI - Palma, Spain
JO - 11th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
JA - EDULEARN19 Proceedings
SP - 4030
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M. Ferreira, S. Campos, R. Guiné, J. Duarte, J.L. Abrantes, L. Cabral (2019) REVALIDATION OF THE ACADEMIC QUALITY OF LIFE QUESTIONNAIRE FOR STUDENTS ATTENDING PORTUGUESE POLYTECHNIC HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS, EDULEARN19 Proceedings, pp. 4030-4040.
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