ERIC Number: ED437409
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
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Self-Perceptions of Knowledge and Comfort: Which Measure Is More Sensitive?
Karriker, Katherine J.; Spaite, Daniel W.
Self-perception measures often suffer from inflation factors. This study compared a Likert-type scale measuring comfort (1="not at all comfortable" to 5="very comfortable") to one assessing knowledge (1="I do not know anything about this", 2="I don't know enough about this to fully understand it", 3="I'm not sure whether or not I know enough about this", 4="I know enough about this, however, I want to know more about it", 5="I know a lot about this") related to specialized medical assessment and management skills. Participants were 111 registered emergency medical technicians. The knowledge scale was found to be less inflated than the comfort scale. Since the scales contained identical item stems, the different in scores could indicate a response bias or social desirability effect on the comfort scale. When asking evaluation questions based on the perception preparedness before and after an educational program, using a knowledge scale may provide results that are more useful to program evaluators. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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