Using Internet surveys to gather research data from teachers: Trials and tribulations

The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the design, development, and implementation of Internet based educational survey research

Mike Carbonaro; Joyce Bainbridge; Brenda Wolodko


Scholarcy highlights

  • Internet based technology such as the World Wide Web is fast becoming accessible to large segments of society
  • In general there is a great deal of support for using Internet based technologies for improving educational research
  • One particular area that appears to offer a great deal of promise is Internet based survey research
  • At the AERA 2000 conference, three papers were presented on this topic to an overflow audience of educators currently engaged in survey based research
  • With respect to recruiting volunteer subjects, Internet survey questionnaires are often placed on a server or web page and information is provided to circulate them to appropriate groups or individuals
  • Weisberg et al cite the 1995 poll by Princeton Survey Research Associates for Newsweek where people online were 15% more likely to be Republican than one would expect to find in the general public
  • As well as successfully collecting useful content data, important lessons were learned in conducting web based survey research

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