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Validation of the Findings of an Appreciation of Diversity Inventory Conducted in the United Arab Emirates

Journal: Global eLearning Journal (Vol.5, No. 3)

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Page : 10-18

Keywords : diversity; inventory; United Arab Emirates;

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The implementation of a rapidly emerging global economy emphasizes acceptance of human diversity as a means of expanding problem-solving and empowering creativity through new ways of knowing. With this increased emphasis on the appreciation of diversity few assessment instruments currently exist. Many of the existing assessment instruments require validation. This study examined the Waller Appreciation of Diversity Inventory as implemented to the student body of a public university in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah for the purpose of establishing the validity of the instrument. Relationships between or among the responses were identified using the Bartlett’s test of sphericity. The responses were subsequently subjected to factor analysis techniques after establishing required protocols for implementation. Ten factors were identified. These ten factors aligned with the initial dimensions utilized to construct the Inventory. The research supported the validity of the Inventory. The ten factors identified in the study provide further insight into the dynamics associated with describing an appreciation of diversity. Additionally, the ten factor topics are deemed to be appropriate for guiding instruction to improve the appreciation of human diversity.

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