Sociology: Questionnaires

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  • Created on: 12-05-16 17:42

Sociology: Questionnaires


  • Used to find out information from a large number of respondents.
  • Relatively Cheap
  • Quick and Easy to use
  • Can reach large amounts of people in any geographical location
  • Using closed questions allows you to generate statistics allowing you to measure trends.
  • Standardised questions for each questionnaire
  • Doesn't have to be face-to-face


  • People cannot be bothered to fill them in
  • You may not get all of them back, resulting in a low respond rate
  • People may not take them seriously and rush them
  • Closed questions don't find out much due to the lack of detail
  • No researcher present can also cause a number of problems as no one is there to help out


Questionnaires consist of multiple questions on one sheet of paper. Questionnaires can be completed by many people, the completion can be either self-completion or interview questionnaire. Self-completion does not have the researcher present making it difficult for the respondent to ask questions if they find it confusing. Interview questionnaires are done with a researcher present, however this can differ someone's opinion on a topic meaning you might not get reliable data.


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