ERIC Number: EJ735919
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
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Non-Response in Student Surveys: The Role of Demographics, Engagement and Personality
Porter, Stephen R.; Whitcomb, Michael E.
Research in Higher Education, v46 n2 p127-152 Mar 2005
What causes a student to participate in a survey? This paper looks at participation across multiple surveys to understand survey non-response; by using multiple surveys we minimize the impact of survey salience. Students at a selective liberal arts college were administered four different surveys throughout the 2002-2003 academic year, and we use the number of surveys participated in to understand how student characteristics such as demographics, engagement and Holland personality type affect cooperation. We find that survey respondents are more likely to be female and socially engaged, less likely to be on financial aid, more likely to be an investigative personality type and less likely to be an enterprising personality type.
Descriptors: Student Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Participation, Student Characteristics, Personality, College Students, Liberal Arts, Response Rates (Questionnaires)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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