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ERIC Number: EJ785090
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1042-1629
Self-Presentation Bias in Surveys of Teachers' Educational Technology Practices
Kopcha, Theodore J.; Sullivan, Howard
Educational Technology Research and Development, v55 n6 p627-646 Dec 2007
This study investigated self-presentation bias in the self-reports of teachers about their practices in six topic areas in educational technology (Instructional Design, Assessment, Learner-Centered Instruction, Curriculum Alignment, Attitudes about Computers, and Use of Computers with Students). Subjects were 50 middle-school teachers. Data were collected using a 30-item Likert-type survey containing five items per topic area. Teachers responded to items in two forms: "what I do" and "what other teachers do." Significant differences favoring the "I" form were obtained in three of the six areas (Instructional Design, Learner-Centered Instruction, and Curriculum Alignment) and on nine of the 30 items, indicating a rather strong self-presentation bias. Responses were generally positive across both forms. Results are discussed with implications for working with teachers and for using additional assessment measures that complement teacher self-reports.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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