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Examination of a Social-Networking Site Activities Scale (SNSAS) Using Rasch Analysis

, , Kent State University, United States ; , Open University of the Netherlands, Netherlands ; , Case Western Reserve University, United States

Journal of Interactive Learning Research Volume 28, Number 4, ISSN 1093-023X Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

This study examined the psychometric properties of a social-networking site (SNS) activities scale (SNSAS) using Rasch Analysis. Items were also examined with Rasch Principal Components Analysis (PCA) and Differential Item Functioning (DIF) across groups of university students (i.e., males and females from the United States [US] and Europe; N = 840). Results from this study found psychometric support for the SNSAS to measure endorsement of activities in which university students engage. European males and females were more likely to endorse actively using SNSs compared to their more passive US counterparts. The SNSAS is a reliable and valid tool in a growing research area where few exist. University administrators worldwide can benefit from understanding the patterns of SNS behavior that may impact students’ socialization, relationship formation, and academic outcomes.

Citation

Alhaythami, H., Karpinski, A., Kirschner, P. & Bolden, E. (2017). Examination of a Social-Networking Site Activities Scale (SNSAS) Using Rasch Analysis. Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 28(4), 371-395. Waynesville, NC: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved July 20, 2018 from .