Validation of measurement scales for undergraduate students' self-perceived employability and university commitment in the United Arab Emirates

Aizhan Shomotova, Ali Ibrahim

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to validate the psychometric properties of the Self-Perceived Employability Scale in the context of the United Arab Emirates (UAE-SPE) and to verify the model fit of the UAE-SPE and University Commitment Scale (UC) (Rothwell et al., 2008) for undergraduate students. Design/methodology/approach: A cross-sectional survey study was carried out to collect the data using a web-based survey tool (Qualtrics) at a public university in the UAE. The sample was 646 undergraduate students. Findings: As a result of the factor analysis, the study validated three factors of SPE for undergraduate students in the UAE that explain their perceptions of their university reputation, their field of study, the state of the UAE labour market and confidence in their skills. Confirmatory factor analysis verified good model fit indices of UAE-SPE and the UC scale. In addition, the study found a statistically significant positive relationship between the UC scale and the three factors of UAE-SPE. Originality/value: Currently, there is a scarcity of published research on self-perceived employability amongst undergraduate students in higher education institutions in the UAE and the Arab region. This article not only contributes to research on this topic but also validates two scales, allowing cross-cultural comparisons of SPE and UC of undergraduate students in the Arab region and worldwide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)972-992
Number of pages21
JournalEducation and Training
Volume65
Issue number8-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 20 2023

Keywords

  • Factor analysis
  • Higher education
  • Self-perceived employability
  • Undergraduate employment
  • Undergraduate students
  • University commitment
  • Validation study

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)

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