The present study examines the validity and reliability of an instrument (a structural equation model) designed for measuring lifelong learning and continuing education factors. Specifically, it evaluates construct validity by estimating both convergent and discriminate validity, while evaluating the internal consistency of the instrument itself. Another aim of the study is to estimate how the instrument determines the reasonable relations among the latent factors that are the value of continuing education, in the certification of adult educators, the use of different teaching methods, the learners’ personal satisfaction and finally, the attendance in adult education programs. The uniqueness of this study is based on the construction of a valid and reliable instrument which can be used by researchers to evaluate graduate or post graduate students’ opinions and perceptions about continuing education. Implications of the present study can be used by every candidate educator, teacher, leader in a class or in any other kind of working team as it is helpful for educators to be aware of the changing role of lifelong learning and continuing education factors and its new dimensions of effectiveness in order to be well prepared and successful.
|Keywords:||Reliability, Convergent Validity, Discriminate Validity, Structural Equation Model, Continuing Education|
Assosiate professor, Department of Preeschool Education, University of Western Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece, Greece