ERIC Number: EJ1061958
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
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.
Descriptors: Social Desirability, National Surveys, Learner Engagement, Student Behavior, Correlation, Measures (Individuals), Benchmarking, Scores, Regression (Statistics), Effect Size, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Cooperative Learning, Teacher Student Relationship, Academic Standards, Enrichment Activities, Social Development, Individual Development, Educational Environment, Campuses, Student Attitudes, College Freshmen, College Seniors, Grades (Scholastic), Educational Experience
Behavioral Research Press. Grambling State University, Math Department, P.O. Box 1191, Grambling, LA 71245. Tel: 318-274-2425; Web site: http://erquarterly.org/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Survey of Student Engagement