Questionnaires and Surveys - AS Sociology Methods revision

Basic revision notes on the advantages and disadvantages of Questionnaires and Social Surveys. 

For further advantages and disadvantages of Questionnaires and Surveys (particularly for AQA A2 students), refer to Haralambos & Holborn Sociology Themes and Perspectives, Seventh edition Student Handbook (ISBN: 978-0-00-731072-2). Pages 210-211

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Questionnaires and Surveys

3 types of survey

Social surveys are largescale studies which collect standardised data about large
groups, often using questionnaires. There are 3 main types:

1. Factual ­ collective of descriptive information, e.g. Gordon et al (2000) on
poverty
2.…

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Access to subjects in easy Low response rates affect reliability

Easy to quantify and find correlations Some groups will not fill out
questionnaires
Easy to repeat and compare





Chris Cartwright

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