Factor Analysis of Research Competency of Secondary School Teachers under the Office of the Basic Education Commission in the Northeast

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Wallaya Khotnarin
Jatuphum Ketchatturat
Pattrawadee Makmee

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The objective of this research was to analyze the factors of research competency of secondary school teachers under the Office of the Basic Education Commission in the Northeast. The sample consisted of 500 teachers from 63 secondary schools in the Northeast, obtained through multistage random sampling. The research tool was a research competency test, with 90 items. The analysis of data employed descriptive statistics, Pearson's correlation coefficient and a confirmatory factor analysis of the Mplus 7.0 program.


            The results of the research revealed that 1) the research performance measurement model of secondary school teachers under the Office of the Basic Education Commission in the Northeast consisted of 3 components (1) research knowledge (2) attributes of teacher researchers, and (3) research skills. 2) The results of the consistency examination of the secondary school teachers’ research competency measurement model showed that the model was consistent with the empirical data, by considering the chi-square value (gif.latex?\chi2) = 10.325 at degrees of freedom (df) = 6, significance level = 0.112, comparative fit index (CFI) = 0.974, Tucker-Lewis Index (TLI) = 0.964, Root Mean Square Error of Approximation (RMSEA) = 0.043, Standardized Root Mean Square Residual (SRMR) = 0.012. The results indicated that this tool could be used to assess the teachers’ research competency.

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