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Survey Research in Higher Education

Dale R. Fuqua, Bruce W. Hartman and Darine F. Brown
Research in Higher Education
Vol. 17, No. 1 (1982), pp. 69-80
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40195479
Page Count: 12
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Survey Research in Higher Education
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Abstract

Although textbooks on educational research give only scant attention to survey research methodology, its extensive use in education provides a strong rationale for improving the preparation of educational researchers in effectively applying survey methods. This study reviews methods for dealing with nonresponse bias, the primary problem presented by survey methods. It also provides an updated review of the literature of studies investigating the effectiveness of incentives to increase survey response rates. We hypothesized that a reanalysis of reviewed studies, using a linear trend test, would resolve the inconsistencies found regarding the effectiveness of incentives to increase response rates. The results of the reanalysis and guidelines for educational researchers in systematically selecting and applying incentives to increase response rates are discussed.

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