Psychometric Validation of a Teamwork Skills Scale in a Vocational Training Context
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AuthorRomero Díaz de la Guardia, José Javier; García Garnica, Marina; Chacón Cuberos, Ramón; Expósito López, Jorge
Vocational trainingTeamworkScale validationExploratory factor analysisConfirmatory factor analysis
Romero-Díaz de la Guardia, J. J... [et al.] (2022). Psychometric Validation of a Teamwork Skills Scale in a Vocational Training Context. SAGE Open. [https://doi.org/10.1177/21582440221103256]
SponsorshipJunta de Andalucia European Commission B-SEJ-192-UGR18
The ability to work in a team is currently one of the most demanded competencies of professionals and, therefore, constitutes one of the key transversal aspects to be targeted by educational systems. This is especially important at stages prior to job insertion. The aim of the present study was to validate a scale measuring perceptions of teamwork skills within a sample of students undertaking vocational training in the south of Spain. For this, both exploratory (n = 879) and confirmatory (n = 1,843) factor analyses were performed using the IBM SPSS® 26 and IBM Amos Graphics® 23.0 software packages. This permitted a scale to be developed which was formed of ten indicators of teamwork skills. These indicators were grouped into three dimensions, namely, teamwork behaviors, ratings the importance of teamwork and self-perceptions of teamwork capabilities. Adequate fit indices were obtained (KMO = 0.845; CFI = 0.984; NFI = 0.978; IFI = 0.984; RMSEA = 0.037; and SRMR = 0.044). Thus, a robust and reliable scale is presented that rates student perspectives of essential aspects of Vocational Training, such as teamwork skills.