Questionnaire's in Education

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  • Questionnaires in education
    • Samples and sampling frames
      • Schools routinely keep lists of pupils, staff & parents
        • These can provide accurate sampling frames from which the sociologist can draw a representativesample.
          • However, some schools don't keep record of for example, pupils of a certain enthic group, so therefore is no sampling frame available
    • Access and response rate
      • response rates tend to be low for questionnaires. Schools may be reluctant to distribute  them as they could disrupt lessons, or they might not agree with the researchers choice of topic
      • However in schools, the rate for questionnaires could be high as the headtaeacher has given their consent . and also the head could of given consent for pupils to take time out of lesson to do the research
    • Practical Issues
      • Questionnaire's are useful for gathering large quantaties of basic educational info quickly and cheaply
      • Data generated by questionnaires is often limited and superficial
      • Questionnaires involve participants being able to read and understand the questions, so therefore unsuitable for those who cannot perhaps read well or have learning difficulties.
        • Children tend to have a short attention span, so the questionnaires need to be kept relatively short and preciuse
          • Children have less life experience than adults so their memory's is narrower, so therefore affecting their answers
    • Annonymity and detachment
      • Questionnaires are useful when researching sensitive issues such as  bullying so therefore response rates will be higher (producing valid data
        • However  the participants need reasurance to know that their anonymity and detachment is safegurded


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