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ERIC Number: EJ890106
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0092-055X
The Importance of Being Right: Some Methodological Notes from a Study of AIDS Knowledge
Moynihan, Patrick J.
Teaching Sociology, v34 n1 p71-79 Jan 2006
This paper describes an exercise that frames the choices made in creating measures of knowledge as problematic--making clear that the difficulties in interpreting the survey response are not limited to opinion items but apply to questions about factual information as well. Ambiguities in question wording and response options can invite multiple interpretations by respondents, which creates challenges for the student of survey research attempting to make sense of what the public knows. The following exercise focuses on how the analysis of survey data can influence outcomes. By coding data according to several different rationales, students will be able to see how univariate distributions vary and how associations change in response to operational form. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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