Validating a Home Numeracy Questionnaire in Ecuador Using Factor Analysis

Volume 5 Issue 1
Jo VAN HOOF Gina BOJORQUE Joke TORBEYNS Daniël VAN NIJLEN Lieven VERSCHAFFEL
Pages: 37-42 Download Count : 23 View Count: 72 DOI Number 10.24331/ijere.650861 Facebook Share on Google+ Save to Zotero Save to Mendeley

Abstract:


The home numeracy questionnaire (HNQ) developed by LeFevre et al. (2009) is a self-report instrument to assess the home numeracy of young children. In this questionnaire, young children’s parents have to indicate how often their child participates both in direct (e.g., counting down: 10, 9, 8, …) and indirect numeracy activities (e.g., playing board games with die or spinner). Based on a principal component analysis, LeFevre and colleagues found a four factor structure of the HNQ. Using a sample of 176 Ecuadorian parents, we investigated the validity and reliability of the HNQ in a developing country. A confirmatory factor analysis indicated that, with minor changes to the model, the same four factor model could be found as by LeFevre et al. (2009). This study not only confirmed the validity and reliability of the HNQ, but also showed its usefulness for investigating young children’s home numeracy beyond developed countries.

Keywords

  • Home numeracy
  • kindergartners
  • test validity
  • early mathematics achievement
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