Estudos de Psicologia (Natal)
Print version ISSN 1413-294X
FREITAS, Isa Aparecida de and BORGES-ANDRADE, Jairo Eduardo. Development and validation of a training system beliefs scale. Estud. psicol. (Natal) [online]. 2004, vol.9, n.3, pp. 479-488. ISSN 1413-294X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-294X2004000300010.
This paper focuses on the development and validation of a scale for measuring beliefs on the training system. The MAIS Model (Borges-Andrade, 1982) applied to training evaluation, the Organizational Cynicism Scales (Tesluk, Farr, Mathieu, & Vance, 1995) and the beliefs people hold on training, described in Rousseau's (1997) review, have been used as a basis for formulating the scale items. Beliefs are viewed as cognitive aspects related to an object (Ajzen & Fishbein, 1980). Thirty-five items have been formulated and semantically and statistically validated in Banco do Brasil. For statistical validation, 327 cases have been collected and principal components analysis and factor analysis (PAF, oblimin rotation) have been used. The results have indicated the existence of three factors, with adequate psychometric indexes. Their content has been found to be consistent with the adopted theoretical model. These results suggest that the instrument has internal validity. Possibilities for organizational intervention using this scale are also discussed.
Keywords : beliefs on training; training evaluation; management of training.