Effect of Rancher’s Management Philosophy, Grazing Practices, and Personal Characteristics on Sustainability Indices for North Central Texas Rangeland Page: 60
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during sampling, all surveys were coded with a unique letter and number sequence to allow for
documentation of respondent's return of the survey, either with a completed questionnaire or
with a refusal to reply.
Data were initially entered into a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. Then, each of the 214
variables were entered into SPSS 18.0 and coded as numeric, given values, and identified as
ordinal, scale, or nominal. Variable names were given to all variables, based on the position it
occurred in the survey. The first number in the variable relates to the section in which it was
located. The second number relates to the question number on the survey. Further numbers
were assigned when individual questions required additional variable names, such as cases where
the question asked "check all that apply", e.g. 3.3.1 or 6.14.5 etc.
Seven point Likert scale data was entered exactly as recorded by the respondent, with
numeric, ordered rankings of 1 through 7: 1 = strongly agreed; 2 = agree; 3 = somewhat agree;
4 = neutral; 5 = somewhat disagree; 6 = disagree; and 7 = strongly disagree. Section 4
included a 4 point Likert scale. These data were entered as ordered data, 1 through 4: 1 =
increased; 2 = remained constant; 3 = decreased; 4 = unknown. All other ordered data were
entered with the first listed category = 1 and sequentially increasing until all additional
categorical options were exhausted. These questions were found in Section 1, Question 5;
Section 3, Native Rangeland Management, Questions 1, 5, 6, and 7; Section 5, Quality of Life,
Question 2; and Section 6, Personal Characteristics, Questions 1, 5, 7, 8, and 17.
True/False data were coded as 1 = True, 2 = False
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Becker, Wayne. Effect of Rancher’s Management Philosophy, Grazing Practices, and Personal Characteristics on Sustainability Indices for North Central Texas Rangeland, dissertation, December 2011; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc103289/m1/71/: accessed February 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .