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ERIC Number: EJ1061958
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0196-5042
Investigating Social Desirability Bias in Student Self-Report Surveys
Miller, Angie L.
Educational Research Quarterly, v36 n1 p30-47 Sep 2012
The frequent use of student self-report surveys in higher education calls into question the possibility of social desirability having an unwanted influence on responses. This research explores the potential presence of social desirability bias with the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), a widely used assessment of student behaviors. Correlations between a short social desirability scale and NSSE benchmarks, subscales, and selected items suggest that the majority of scores have no significant relationship with a measure of social desirability. A series of regression models controlling for demographic variables produce similar results. Effect sizes and estimates of explained variance are also discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Survey of Student Engagement