I am very happy to have found this disucssion board, and I am hoping that you folks can help me!

I am the founder of a research project into student's expectations of internship experiences. I conducted a survey which yielded 6,250 students responses (about 1,500 who have taken part in an internship and the rest who have not).

I am using SPSS to do the analysis. Mainly, I am looking at correlation's between pairs of questions. For example, the question of "Overall I was satisfied with my internship" would be run against "The work I received was challenging" using a bivariate correlation test in SPSS.

Here is my question... SPSS flags 0.1 as significant. I thought I remember learning in statistics classes that for something to be considered significant that it has to be atleast 0.7. How come SPSS tags such low numbers as significant? Is it really significant?

Thanks for your help!!!!


Here is an example:

Question 1: Overall, I believe the organization is a great place to work for interns.
Question 2: To what extent do you agree that making good money is an important component of successfl internship program?
Correlation according to SPSS: .052 (flagged as significant at the 0.05 level (2-tailed)

Both questions are based on a 5 point likert scale.