ERIC Number: ED470968
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
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The Mouse or the Pencil? A Psychometric Comparison of Web-Based and Traditional Survey Methodologies.
Mertler, Craig A.; Earley, Mark A.
This paper discusses the results of a study comparing the psychometric qualities of two forms of a survey, one administered in paper-and-pencil format and the other administered in Web format. The survey addressed the topic of college course anxiety and was used to survey a sample of undergraduate students (n=36). The psychometric qualities investigated include the overall reliability (internal consistency) and item analyses of the 56 individual survey items for both the paper-and-pencil and Web surveys. With respect to reliability, results reveal a good deal of similarity between the two modes of survey delivery. Analysis of the paper-and-pencil survey data generated a Cronbach's alpha of 0.91; analysis of the Web survey data generated value of 0.88. Further internal comparisons of the item analyses revealed very similar patterns in the responses to individual items, indicating that the two modes of survey delivery were quite comparable. The Web version of the survey is attached. (Contains 1 table, 2 figures, and 17 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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