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Designing and Constructing Instruments for Social Research and Evaluation

ISBN-10: 0787987840
ISBN-13: 9780787987848
Edition: 2007
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Description: Written in easy-to-understand language, this important text provides a systematic and commonsense approach to developing instruments for data collection and analysis. This book can be used by both those who are developing instruments for the first  More...

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List price: $80.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/31/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 412
Size: 6.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Written in easy-to-understand language, this important text provides a systematic and commonsense approach to developing instruments for data collection and analysis. This book can be used by both those who are developing instruments for the first time and those who want to hone their skills, including students, agency personnel, program managers, and researchers. This book provides a thorough presentation of instrument construction, from conception to development and pre-testing of items, formatting the instrument, administration, and, finally, data management and presentation of the findings. Throughout the book, the authors emphasize how to create an instrument that will produce trustworthy and accurate data. To that end they have included guidelines for reviewing and revising the questionnaire to enhance validity and reliability. They also show how to work effectively with stakeholders such as instruments designers, decision-makers, agency personnel, clients, and raters or respondents.

David Colton is Unidel Professor of Mathematics at the University of Delaware. He is the author or coauthor of six books, including The Linear Sampling Method in Inverse Electromagnetic Scattering (2011), written with Fioralba Cakoni and Peter Monk.

Preface : asking and answering
Concepts
Introduction
Instruments and social inquiry
Measurement
Instrument construction, validity, and reliability
Application
Purposeful creativity : first steps in the development of an instrument
Pretesting
The structure and format of selection items
Guidelines for writing selection items
Selection items : alternative formats
Supply items : open-ended questions
Guidelines for constructing multi-item scales
Organization and administration
Organizing the instrument
Administering the instrument
Computers and instrument construction
Managing the data and reporting the results

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