Psychometric evaluation of the Student Authorship Questionnaire: a confirmatory factor analysis approach

Joan Ballantine, Xin Guo, Patricia Larres

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This research provides new insights into the measurement of students' authorial identity and its potential for minimising the incidence of unintentional plagiarism by providing evidence about the psychometric properties of the Student Authorship Questionnaire (SAQ). Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses (EFA and CFA) are employed to investigate the measurement properties of the scales which comprise the SAQ using data collected from accounting students. The results provide limited psychometric support in favour of the factorial structure of the SAQ and raise a number of questions regarding the instrument's robustness and generalisability across disciplines. An alternative model derived from the EFA outperforms the SAQ model with regard to its psychometric properties. Explanations for these findings are proffered and avenues for future research suggested.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)596-609
JournalStudies in Higher Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2015


  • voice
  • unintentional plagiarism
  • authorial identity
  • SAQ
  • discipline

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