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Development and initial validation of the life skills ability scale for higher education students

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posted on 30.10.2019, 15:58 by Lorcan Cronin, Justine Allen, Paul Ellison, David Marchant, Andrew Levy, Chris Harwood
This research developed a scale to assess the following life skills in higher education students: teamwork, goal setting, time management, emotional skills, interpersonal communication, social skills, leadership, and problem solving and decision making. Study 1 adapted an existing scale for the purposes of this research and provided evidence for the factorial validity of the new scale with 445 students. Study 2 included 423 students and supported the predictive validity of the scale in relation to students’ psychological well-being, academic self-efficacy/performance, and health-related quality of life. Study 3 provided evidence for the test-retest reliability of the scale with 49 students. All three studies supported the internal consistency reliability of the scale. Combined, these studies suggest that the scale is a valid and reliable measure that researchers, policymakers and educators could use to assess and potentially enhance higher education students’ life skills. Future research directions and uses of the scale are discussed.

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Published in

Studies in Higher Education

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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© Society for Research into Higher Education

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Studies in Higher Education on 7 October 2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03075079.2019.1672641.

Publication date

2019-10-07

Copyright date

2019

ISSN

0307-5079

eISSN

1470-174X

Language

en

Depositor

Prof Chris Harwood. Deposit date: 29 October 2019

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