ERIC Number: ED475832
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
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A Comparison of the Psychometric Qualities of Surveys Administered by Web and Traditional Methods.
Mertler, Craig A.; Earley, Mark A.
A study was conducted to compare the psychometric qualities of two forms of an identical survey: one administered in a paper-and-pencil format and the other administered in Web format. The survey addressed the topic of college course anxiety and used to survey a sample of 236 undergraduate students. The psychometric qualities investigated included the overall reliability (internal consistency) and item analyses of the 56 individual survey items for both versions. Results reveal a great deal of similarity between the two modes of survey delivery. Analysis of the paper-and-pencil survey data generated a Cronbach's alpha equal to 0.88; analysis of the Web survey data generated a value of 0.89. Further information comparisons of the item analysis revealed very similar patterns in the responses to individual items, indicating that the two modes of survey delivery were quite comparable. (Contains 2 tables, 1 figure, and 18 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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