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Avaliação Psicológica

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RODRIGUES JR., José Florêncio; PASQUALI, Luiz  and  MOURA, Cristiane Faiad de. Dimensions of the construct entusiasm perceived in university teachers. Aval. psicol. [online]. 2009, vol.8, n.3, pp. 391-403. ISSN 1677-0471.

The present study aims to examine the construct enthusiasm, as evidenced by university faculty. Taking an ex post facto approach to the problem, the study was based on a questionnaire made up of five items addressing demographics of the student, gender of the enthusiastic faculty and the indication of his/her name, and 24 propositions associated to Likert scales representing perceptions concerning the enthusiastic faculty member. The questionnaire was administered to 457 university seniors of 6 courses of 10 higher education institutions representing the Middle-West and Southeast regions of Brazil. The data collected was submitted to factor analysis by means of Principal Components - PC. Six first order and three second order components emerged, which were submitted to Varimax rotation. Component 1 of second order, Wise and Respectful clustered three first order components: Expert, Watchful and Courteous. The second order Component, Surly, aggregated two first order components, Serious and Introvert. Finally, second order Component 3, Negligent, had first order component Relapse associated to it. Following the interpretation of the data, the authors point out new alternatives to be explored in studying the construct.

Keywords : Entusiasm; Validation; Teachers.

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