Response Effects in Questionnaire-based Teacher Surveys
The scientific methods regarding surveys on people’s attitudes, beliefs and meanings, in this example especially those of teachers, have long been of interest for the methodology of the social science. In this kind of research we find not only strong evidence but also some methodological doubts, because of possible response effects on the data. That is why I focus on these effects to learn more about and to find knowledge regarding the research instruments in connection with the teacher population surveyed. My general aim is to improve the knowledge about research instruments in the sense of a good fit between the scientific tasks and target groups, which can lead to more evidence in this kind of survey. This knowledge can be useful for the design of suitable research instruments and thus surveys. The following questions guided my research: “Are there response effects in the data?”, “Which kind of response effects we find? And also: “Can we localize problematical items and questions for teachers through these response effects?” The aim of my work is to examine two questionnaires regarding teacher attitudes about response effects and what conclusions we can reach.
Keywords: Response Effects, Questionnaires and Teacher Surveys
PhD Student, Faculty of Education, University of Bolzano