Research Methods - Questionnaires

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Questionnaires

Questionnaires - are self-completed and ask respondents to provide answers to pre-set questions. Can be given to people by post, in person, email or completed on the spot.

Closed-Ended Questions - respondent chooses from pre-set answers (yes, no, maybe).

Open-Ended Questions - respondent is free to answer however they want, in their own words.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Practical - quick and cheap to produce. No need to recruit and train interviewers. Easy to quantify.

Ethical - Few ethical issues. Respondents choose whether they wish to complete the questionnaire. Often confidental.

Reliability - Can be repeated as the questionnaires can be identical

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