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Presentation
Instructional Support in Traditional and Distance Education Learning Environments
Symposium conducted at the national meeting of the American Educational Research Association (2013)
  • Antonio P. Gutierrez, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Gwen C. Marchand, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Abstract
As the presence of online and hybrid coursework at institutions of higher education has increased, so too has interest in understanding how personal and contextual factors influence perceptions of instructional support. The purpose of the present study was to examine measurement invariance using multigroup confirmatory factory analysis (MGCFA) regarding instructional support, including relevance and autonomy in a sample of 291 graduate students (N=219 for the traditional education group and N=72 for the distance education group) enrolled in an introductory research methods course. MGCFAs were performed to test the equality of factor loadings and correlations among the two groups. Results demonstrate that the groups differed with respect to several model parameters. Implications for research, theory, and practice are discussed.
Keywords
  • Online and distance education,
  • Instructional support,
  • Multigroup confirmatory factory analysis,
  • MGCFA
Publication Date
April, 2013
Citation Information
Antonio P. Gutierrez and Gwen C. Marchand. "Instructional Support in Traditional and Distance Education Learning Environments" Symposium conducted at the national meeting of the American Educational Research Association (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/antonio-gutierrez/18/