The Promise and Pitfalls of Self-report Development, research design and analysis issues, and multiple methods

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Luke K. Fryer
Daniel L. Dinsmore


As a prelude to this special issue on the promise and pitfalls of self-report, this article addresses three issues critical to its current and future use. The development of self-report is framed in Vertical (improvement) and Horizontal (diversification) terms, making clear the role of both paths for continued innovation. The ongoing centrality of research design and analysis in ensuring that self-reported data is employed effectively is reviewed. Finally, the synergistic use of multiple methods is discussed. This article concludes with an overview of the SI's contributions and a summary of the SI's answers to its three central questions: a) In what ways do self-report instruments reflect the conceptualizations of the constructs suggested in theory related to motivation or strategy use? b) How does the use of self-report constrain the analytical choices made with that self-report data? c) How do the interpretations of self-report data influence interpretations of study findings

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Fryer, L. K., & Dinsmore, D. L. (2020). The Promise and Pitfalls of Self-report: Development, research design and analysis issues, and multiple methods. Frontline Learning Research, 8(3), 1–9.


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