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

Hassan Alhaythami, Aryn Karpinski, Paul Kirschner, Edward Bolden

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Abstract

This study examined the psychometric properties of a socialnetworking site (SNS) activities scale 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 SNS scale 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 SNS activities measure 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 and academic outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371-395
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Interactive Learning Research
Volume28
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017

Keywords

  • Social network analysis
  • Rasch

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