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Survey Research

  • By: Larry G. Daniel
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

The term survey research refers to a family of non-experimental research methods using the collection of self-report data to assist the researcher in more fully understanding attitudes of participants regarding a topic of interest. Unlike experimental studies, survey studies attempt to avoid interventions with participants so as to capture reality as it exists at a given point in time. Survey research is important in the field of curriculum studies and is adaptable across a wide range of research problems. For example, survey data can be useful in understanding attitudes of educators, students, and others regarding new curricula, teaching practices, and curricular reforms.

Surveys may include collection of quantitative, qualitative, or mixed mode data, and data may be collected directly (e.g., via interview) or indirectly (e.g., via ...

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