An Introduction to Scale Development

Years: 1,2,3


This session will introduce students to the procedures used to develop reliable and valid scales, allowing them to accurately measure a variety of personal and social variables which would otherwise not be directly observable.

Led by a tutor well-known for her scale development work in the context of self-determination theory – having designed and implemented both ‘The Controlling Coach Behaviour Scale’ (cited 166 times since 2010) and ‘The Psychological Need Thwarting Scale’ (cited 181 times since 2011) - the session will explore the scale development process from start to finish, beginning with item generation, and moving on to the piloting of items, through data collection, and concluding with a guide to various data analytic techniques, including exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses, as well as appropriate tests of reliability and validity.

Access Instructions

Bookings for these online courses are via Bookwhen.

The demand for these courses is high and you are advised to book your place as soon as the booking system goes live.

Information on the booking dates will be circulated by email.

Indicative Student Feedback for this Session

This has been a fantastic session. It has walked me through what I need to do. It has pointed out important things to note as I develop my scale and certainly things to avoid, quite useful coming from an expert. Thank you.
- Univ. of East Anglia; Business

Thank you very much! It was all very clear and concise.
- East Anglia; Psychology

This session provided a helpful insight into quantitative methodology - particularly in dealing with questionnaires - it was also helpful to learn what scale development actually is and how to use scaled questions. Thanks.
- Roehampton

Thanks. This session has provided me with all the tools [I need] for my pilot phase research.
- East Anglia; Business

Thanks. This session provided a great overview and was very comprehensive.
- Essex

The Vitae Researcher Development Framework

This session maps on to Domain A of the Vitae Framework: Knowledge and intellectual abilities which includes the sub-domain areas of:

  • A1: Knowledge base
  • A2: Cognitive abilities
  • A3: Creativity
The Vitae Researcher Development Framework