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Measuring Happiness: Using the Experience Sampling Method with mobile phones to collect self-report data
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, Michigan State University and Milken Community Schools, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, NV, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-13-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

The Experience Sampling Method (ESM) (Csikszentmihalyi & Larson, 1987) has become increasingly used in studies of the human experience. In particular, studies examining the student experiences via ESM have become more and more common. Until recently however, ESM has primarily been used with Personal Data Assistants, Apps or Beepers or other signaling devices. This study builds on existing uses of ESM by employing mobile devices and Short Message Services through Survey Signal, (Hoffman & Patel, 2014) a relatively new, web-based software for sending ESM signals. Survey signal was used to collect data on eudaimonic happiness via self-reports of authenticity, autonomy and Flow (Csikszentmihalyi, 1975) through delivery by SMS text message signals. Results showed survey signal to be a useful modern tool for ESM procedures in educational settings, though not without some drawbacks.

Citation

Holton, N. (2015). Measuring Happiness: Using the Experience Sampling Method with mobile phones to collect self-report data. In D. Rutledge & D. Slykhuis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2015--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1178-1183). Las Vegas, NV, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 12, 2019 from .

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