READINGS:
Required Resources
Factor Analysis
Hill, T. & Lewicki, P. (2007). StatSoft Electronic Statistics Textbook Tulsa, OK: StatSoft, Inc.
Available on 26 May 2010 at
http://www.statsoft.com/textbook/stathome.html
Principal Components and Factor Analysis.
Available on 26 May 2010 at
http://www.statsoft.com/textbook/stfacan.html
Garson, G. David (2008). Statnotes: An online textbook. North Carolina State University.
Available on 26 May 2010 at
http://www2.chass.ncsu.edu/garson/pa765/statnote.htm
Factor Analysis.
Available on 26 May 2010 at
http://www2.chass.ncsu.edu/garson/pa765/factor.htm
Mead, Tim P.; Legg, David L. (1994, October) Exploratory versus Confirmatory FactorAnalysis of Collegiate Physical Fitness. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Educational Research Association.
Available from via the ERIC database via the Trident U / Touro C eLibrary
Cluster Analysis
Hill, T. & Lewicki, P. (2007). StatSoft Electronic Statistics Textbook Tulsa, OK: StatSoft, Inc.
Available on 26 May 2010 at
http://www.statsoft.com/textbook/stathome.html
Cluster Analysis.
Available on 26 May 2010 at
http://www.statsoft.com/textbook/stcluan.html
Garson, G. David (2008). Statnotes: An online textbook. North Carolina State University.
Available on 26 May 2010 at
http://www2.chass.ncsu.edu/garson/pa765/statnote.htm
Cluster Analysis.
Available on 26 MY at
http://www2.chass.ncsu.edu/garson/PA765/cluster.htm

Prepare a short (5 page) paper answering the following question:
What are the roles of exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis and exploratory and confirmatory cluster analysis in dissertation research?
Expectations
The main points I want you to discuss are:
1. the purposes of and differences between Q-sort vs R-sort factor analysis and the purposes of and differences Q-sort vs. R-sort cluster analysis
2. the purposes of and differences between reflective and formative factors
3. the similarities and differences among exploratory and confirmatory factor analysisand exploratory and confirmatory cluster analysis
4. the uses and misuses of exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis and exploratory and confirmatory cluster analysis,
5. the relative importance of exploratory vs. confirmatory factor analysis and exploratory vs. confirmatory cluster analysis in dissertation research, and
6. the specific kinds of information that factor analysis vs. cluster analysis can and can’t provide in pursuit of one’s research goals.
The purpose of this assignment is for you to acquire experience in critically reading, examining, and analyzing research at a high level and evaluating it. In that regard, the content of your report is to demonstrate an understanding of the assigned reading and the research.
In preparing CASE4, to ensure that you demonstrate your ability to understand the theoretical bases of factor analysis and clusster analyses as well as , it is expected that you can:
Distinguish between exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis.
The background information provides a range of required and optional resources bearing on the question of various modes of factor analysis and cluster analysis.
Note that this assignment does NOT require you to prepare a detailed essay. Instead use section headings (the questions) for each of the topics you address in your paper followed by your discussion (answers) of that topic (the questions).

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