Application of Exploratory Factor Analysis in the Construction of a Self-Perception Model of Informational Competences in Higher Education
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AuthorQuintero Ordóñez, Belén; González López, Ignacio; Reche Urbano, Eloísa; Fuentes Esparrell, Juan Antonio
Informational competencesExploratory Factor AnalysisUniversity students
Quintero Ordóñez, B.; González López, I.; Reche Urbano, E.; Fuentes Esparrell, J.A. Application of Exploratory Factor Analysis in the Construction of a Self-Perception Model of Informational Competences in Higher Education. Mathematics 2021, 9, 2332. https://doi.org/ 10.3390/math9182332
The progress experienced by society resulting from the ready availability of information through the use of technology highlights the need to develop specific learning related to informational competences (IC) in educational settings where future professionals are trained to educate others, specifically in university degrees in social sciences. This study seeks to ascertain the opinions of students enrolled in these degrees at the Universidad de Córdoba (Spain) with regard to the knowledge they consider that they possess about IC for their future professional development, through the practical application of exploratory factor analysis. The methodology designed is based on a descriptive, non-experimental, correlational survey. The results show that factor analysis is a fundamental tool for obtaining results in terms of students’ perception of their knowledge of IC because its psychometric value has confirmed construct validity and enabled us to break down the items that made up the four initial dimensions of IC into eight factors to improve the understanding and explanation of these IC.