This book is a guide to research methods for practitioner research. Written in friendly and accessible language, it includes numerous practical examples based on the authors' own experiences in the field, to support readers.
The authors provide information and guidance on developing research skills such as gathering and analysing information and data, reporting findings and research design. They offer critical perspectives to help users reflect on research approaches and to scrutinise key issues in devising research questions.
This book is for undergraduate and postgraduate students, teachers and practitioners in practitioner research development and leadership programmes.
The team of authors are all within the School of Education at the University of Glasgow and have significant experience of working with practitioner researchers in education.
Chapter 7: Questionnaires and Questionnaire Design
Questionnaires are one of the most frequently used methods in educational research, and are often used as part of a survey. They form an important part of practitioner enquiries. They have strengths and weaknesses, advantages and disadvantages and we explore these in this chapter. We include an account by a secondary school teacher, Jane Carson, of her use of a questionnaire with her colleagues.
Surveys are most commonly used to collect quantitative information about people in a population. Surveys of human populations and institutions are common in political polling, health, social science and marketing research. A survey may focus on opinions or factual information depending on its purpose, and many surveys involve administering questions to individuals.
When the questions are ...