Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

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Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

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Web-Based Surveys

Two teams of researchers evaluated online data collection methods employing web-based surveys. The first surveyed childhood cancer survivors, recruiting participants by posting the survey link on relevant web sites. Despite using recommended strategies, they found recruitment of subjects to be very difficult, resulting in missing data that created bias in the results (Cantrell & Lupinacci, 2007). The second set of researchers recruited secondary school students and teachers by e-mail, inviting them to participate in qualitative studies using a web-based survey. Unreliability of e-mail addresses and lack of willingness to participate posed problems for the researchers (Lefever, Dal, & Matthíasdóttir, 2007).

Factors Impacting Responses to Online Surveys

Researchers employed a satisfaction survey among students to test a response behavior model. As predicted by the model, response behavior was dependent on factors related to technology, attitudes toward surveys, satisfaction with the survey topic, and response intentions - which serves as a mediating variable (Rogelberg, Sptizmueller, Little, & Reeve). …

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