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A multidimensional examination of New Zealand family involvement in education

Stanley Andrew Garbacz, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


The purpose of this study was to examine family involvement with the primary caregivers of a specific population of New Zealand primary school students through the contextual validation of a New Zealand version of the Family Involvement Questionnaire, Elementary Version (FIQ-E; Manz, Fantuzzo, & Power, 2004). In addition, key family demographic information was examined descriptively. Participants included 285 primary caregivers of children attending primary school in Dunedin, New Zealand. Confirmatory and exploratory factor analyses were conducted to determine the factor structure of the New Zealand version of the FIQ-E. Results indicated that the original factor structure of the FIQ-E was not applicable to the New Zealand population; however, exploratory factor analysis revealed a similar three-factor model of family involvement. Implications for these findings, including differences in the factor structure and intercultural family involvement research, are explored.^

Subject Area

Education, Educational Psychology|Sociology, Individual and Family Studies

Recommended Citation

Garbacz, Stanley Andrew, "A multidimensional examination of New Zealand family involvement in education" (2010). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3354837.