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Designing and Constructing Instruments for Social Research and Evaluation
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Figures, Exhibits, Tables, and Instruments. Preface: Asking and Answering. Feedback. Acknowledgments. The Authors. PART ONE: CONCEPTS. 1. Introduction. 2. Instruments and Social Inquiry. 3. Measurement. 4. Instrument Construction, Validity, and Reliability. PART TWO: APPLICATION. 5. Purposeful Creativity: First Steps in the Development of an Instrument. 6. Pretesting. 7. The Structure and Format of Selection Items. 8. Guidelines for Writing Selection Items. 9. Selection Items: Alternative Formats. 10. Supply Items: Open-Ended Questions. 11. Guidelines for Constructing Multi-Item Scales. PART THREE: ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION. 12. Organizing the Instrument. 13. Administering the Instrument. 14. Computers and Instrument Construction. 15. Managing the Data and Reporting the Results. References. Index.

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David Colton, Ph.D., is adjunct professor at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Graduate Studies in the program in Research, Statistics, and Evaluation, and in the Department of Health Care Administration, Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Virginia. Robert W. Covert, Ph.D., is associate professor at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Graduate Studies in the program in Research, Statistics, and Evaluation.

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