ERIC Number: ED266174
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The Credibility of Student Self-Reports.
Pace, C. Robert; And Others
This report shows that there are many ways to confirm the accuracy, reliability, and validity of student self-reports. Examples from higher education and from public opinion polls and general surveys demonstrate some of the common sources of measurement errors and errors of substance. Part 1 of the report summarizes a few highlights from the literature, and adds comments from the author's research. Part 2 begins by briefly reporting a tabulation of "missing cases" in three questionnaires for college students. Two of these instruments are the Entering Student Survey, distributed by the American College Testing Program, and the Student Information Form, distributed by the UCLA Higher Education Research Institute; both are widely used, and each has the same general purpose and is intended for the same type of population. Following this, the College Student Experience Questionnaire, designed to be filled out by undergraduates toward the end of the academic year, is discussed in detail. Test-retest comparisons of this questionnaire are used as examples of how subjective responses can be objectively validated. Predictive and construct validity of this questionnaire are examined using multivariate statistical procedures. (LMO)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for the Study of Evaluation.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: College Student Experiences Questionnaire