The Motivations of Informants in Self Reports: Bias or Adaptive

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 1
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 9: Issues in School Psychology, Education, and Supervision

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn more about social desirability as a bias versus an adaptive motivation in self-reports administered to adolescents and teachers.
  2. consider the motivations of informants to better understand informants' goals in their reports.
  3. learn more about the situational and personality-related components that may help effective teaching.

Description

How do we understand individuals’ motivations when they complete questionnaires for assessment and how might this understanding inform our conclusions? We provide results of a study that suggest that the motivations of informants when giving reports may give valuable insight into their perspectives on their reports. Practitioners will learn more about social desirability as a bias versus an adaptive motivation to social evaluation in the self-reports they administer to both adolescents and teachers.

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Presenter(s)

Alexandria Travis, University of Maryland College Park College of Education
Hedwig Teglasi, University of Maryland College Park

Contributor(s)

Hedwig Teglasi

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