Faculty Publications

Title

Proxy reporting in education surveys: factors influencing accurate reporting in the 2012 Qatar Education Study

Document Type

Article

Keywords

cross-cultural survey design, immigration, measurement error, Middle East and North Africa, Proxy reporting

Journal/Book/Conference Title

International Journal of Social Research Methodology

Volume

20

Issue

6

First Page

737

Last Page

748

Abstract

Proxy reporting is a common practice during survey data collection to increase response rates while reducing fieldwork costs, and agreement between proxies and self-reports is critical to make reliable and valid inferences. This study is the first to unpack what influences proxy accuracy in a non-Western setting using data from the 2012 Qatar Education Study. We find that agreement is a function of a student’s grade in school, grades, a parent’s level of education, and the interaction between immigration status and parent education. These findings suggest in multicultural contexts, agreement may vary based on factors beyond what is typically accounted when examining the components of reporting error as a result of using proxies over self-reports.

Original Publication Date

11-2-2017

DOI of published version

10.1080/13645579.2017.1301078

Repository

UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language

en

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