Quantitative researchers often infer the validity of a construct through some quantitative (statistical) manipulation of the numerical responses to scale or questionnaire items. The participants' meaning construction of these items, especially with affective and personality scales, are usually unexplored or assumed equivalent. The current study investigates the defensibility of such a position based on the socio-constructive view on meaning construction. The current study explored how respondents interpreted the items from the Bem Sex Role Inventory (BSRI). The instrument was chosen for its popularity, its empirically based development, and for the culturally significant issue the scale addresses. Bem also proposed a gender schema theory to account for sex related cognitive processing.not only read the native passage faster, but also recalled a larger amount of information, produced more culturally appropriate ... Similar results were demonstrated by Prichard (1990) based on 11th grade readers from the U. S. and from Palau, a Pacific island nation. ... Halloween vocabulary words (some of them were mentioned in the paragraph) did not help subjectsa#39; comprehension of the paragraph.
|Title||:||Interpreting Scale Items: Using Items on the Bem Sex Role Inventory to Explore Respondents' Meaning Construction|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2007|