ERIC Number: ED249292
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Quality of Responses of High School Students to Questionnaire Items. High School and Beyond: A National Longitudinal Study for the 1980's.
Fetters, William B.; And Others
Three features of High School and Beyond (HS&B) provide rare opportunities for examining the quality of the responses of high school students to group-administered questionnaires: (1) many identical or similar items also were asked in questionnaires completed by about 6,500 of the students' parents; (2) high school transcripts containing information about coursework and grades were obtained in fall 1982 for about 16,000 of the 1980 sophomore cohort HS&B participants; and (3) questionnaire data were obtained from both members of more than 500 twin pairs. This study evaluated the validity of student responses, using the parent questionnaire data as a standard; the validity of student reports of their grades, using transcript data as a standard; and the reliability of student responses, estimated from twin data. The results of analyses of the three HS&B data sets were generally quite consistent with the findings of previous investigations. The quality of student questionnaire data depended on both the nature of the questions asked and the characteristics of the student who provided the answers. (Author/BW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers: High School and Beyond (NCES)