ERIC Number: ED418978
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The 1995 National Household Education Survey: Reinterview Results for the Adult Education Component. Working Paper Series.
Brick, J. Michael; Wernimont, Jacque; Montes, Maida
The National Household Education Survey (NHES) is a data collection system of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) designed to address a wide range of education-related issues. It is a telephone survey of the noninstitutionalized civilian population. In 1995, the NHES included a survey of adult education (AE). This report examines errors arising from the interviewing process in the AE components of the NHES:95. The estimates from this component, and from every survey, are subject to both sampling error and nonsampling error. In this analysis, measurement errors are estimated by reinterviewing a sample of respondents and asking them a subset of the same questions included in the original interview. Statistic produced by comparing the original and reinterviews estimate the consistency of reporting. In the NHES:95 reinterviews, discrepancies between some of the original interview questions and the reinterview questions were reconciled. Reinterviews were completed with 1,109 cases. For most survey questions, the reporting was consistent, and only a few modifications need to be considered for future surveys. However, for questions associated with barriers to AE participation, more problems were identified. The greatest discrepancies were for questions about work-related activities and personal development courses. The reconciliation of the responses to the original interview and reinterview did not give much information about response bias for the questions, but the results did generally support the use of the reinterview as an independent replication of the original interview. (Contains 9 tables, 1 exhibit, and 10 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Data Collection, Elementary Secondary Education, Error of Measurement, Estimation (Mathematics), Interviews, National Surveys, Participation, Research Methodology, Responses, Sampling, Statistical Bias, Telephone Surveys
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, National Center for Education Statistics, 555 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., Room 400, Washington, DC 20208-5652.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Household Education Survey