Reports raise concerns over research based on student surveys

November 6, 2008

2 papers being presented at the annual Association for the Study of Higher Education this week conclude that many students paint a distorted picture when surveyed about their own academic success, which may potentially skewer researchers' findings should they use such self-reported data. One study comparing SAT scores students reported earning and what they actually earned found many cases of students incorrectly reporting their scores, most often by inflating them. Another study found that students claimed to be better critical thinkers than what their performance tests suggested. The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required)