ERIC Number: ED422805
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
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Undergraduate Perceptions of Survey Participation: Improving Response Rates and Validity. AIR 1998 Annual Forum Paper.
Asiu, Bernhard W.; Antons, Christopher M.; Fultz, Miriam L.
A study at the United States Air Force Academy examined reasons for "survey saturation" among students. Despite relatively high return rates, anecdotal student data suggested that students felt burdened by frequent administration of surveys; and administrators expressed concerns about the general validity of survey data. Information was gathered on students' views of an optimal survey, their concerns about confidentiality and the use of electronic surveys, and student motivation and survey participation. Written comments gave insights into issues emphasized by students and provided evidence that survey responses impact upon policy decisions. The survey data provided clear empirical support for students' feelings of being over-surveyed and the resulting negative impact on survey validity. Findings from the report suggest consideration of important guidelines for future survey design and administration. (Contains 8 references.) (CH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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