The 5 LEQ Design Principles

  • The identification of factors, the development of measurement items, and the design of the measurement scale reflect the desire for a balance between a reliable, stable instrument which is, nevertheless, sensitive to detecting genuine change.
  • The LEQ is based on the following five design principles which are relevant to the measurement of change.

Assessment of Generic Life Skill Competencies Which Are Amenable to Change and Relevant to Intervention Program Aims

The LEQ focuses on measuring generic life skill competencies which are theoretically amenable to change. The LEQ focuses on assessing competence at generic, practical skills which are relevant to success a broad range of personal and professional situations. A major aim of many outdoor experiential programs is to facilitate individuals’ personal and social development. Ideally, then, the LEQ would measure key, generic life proficiency domains which are typically focused on by outdoor education and other personal development programs.

Short & Simple

Length & Complexity. The instruments and its instructions should be user-friendly in length and layout and suitable for use with a wide range of participants, settings, and research designs, and able to administered by group leaders. The shorter and simpler the instrument, the greater the instrument’s potential realms of application. The instrument design should strive for maximum scope of measurement with minimal demands, whilst still achieving high reliability and validity.

Sensitive to Change

The identification of factors, the development of measurement items, and the design of the measurement scale reflect the desire for a balance between a reliable, stable instrument which is, nevertheless, sensitive to detecting genuine change.

Educational Exercise

The instrument should be designed in such a way that it can be used to facilitate processes of self-review, goal-setting, and feedback as part of personal and social development programs would give it added value. In the other words, completion of the LEQ should be an educative and intrinsically interesting exercise for participants, particularly when incorporated with goal-setting or other personal and social development processes.

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