Learning Table One: Social Surveys

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what is a structured/formal interview?
where a researcher asks standardised questions verbally (mainly closed)
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How are structured/formal interviews conducted?
Face to face, or over the phone.
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Give an example of a structured/formal interview.
British Crime Survey
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What are the specific advantages of structured/formal interviews?
Response rates are higher than other methods, no confusion so increeases validity,they are relitavley quick and cheap.
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What are the specific disadvantages of structured/formal interviews?
The method can suffer from interviewer bias, they are more expensive than other methods, can take longer than other methods.
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What are mailed questionnaires?
A form of written/self completition research method, which is sent out via the post or email.
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Give an example of researcher that used mailed questionnaires.
Conor and Dewson.
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What are the specific advantages of mailed questionnaires?
Cover large areas, bias is minimal, relativley quick and cheap.
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What are the specific disadvantages of mailed questionnaires?
Low response rates, confusion is potential, cannot guarantee that the pps has answered the questionnaire truthfully.
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What are the general theoretical advantages of formal interviews and questionnaires?
Large sample size increases reliability and representativeness, use of closed questions means quantitative data is produced, they are usefull for testing hypothesis about cause and effect relationshps.
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What are the general theoretical disadvantages of formal interviews and mailed questionnaires?
Pps may not be truthful, answers to closed questions lack depth and detail, lack of flexibility.
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What are the general ethical considerations for all survey methods?
Gain informed consent, right to withdraw, make sure questions are not too intrusive, protection from harm.
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What are the general practical problems of all survey methods?
Access problems, have to keep questionnaires short, surveys are often percieved as formal and official documents.
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