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ERIC Number: EJ793369
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0193-841X
Rates of Missing Responses in Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) versus Paper Assessments
Palen, Lori-Ann; Graham, John W.; Smith, Edward A.; Caldwell, Linda L.; Mathews, Catherine; Flisher, Alan J.
Evaluation Review, v32 n3 p257-272 2008
This article describes rates of missing item responses in personal digital assistant (PDA) assessments as compared to paper assessments. Data come from the evaluation of a classroom-based leisure, life skills, and sexuality education program delivered to high school students in Cape Town, South Africa. Analyses show that the paper assessments had much higher rates of missingness than PDA assessments. This association is moderated by item order. Certain analyses also suggest that paper assessments have higher rates of missingness for items pertaining to participants' sexual behavior. Implications of these results for evaluation research will be discussed. (Contains 5 tables, 1 figure, and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 8; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa (Cape Town)