This book's unique child-centered perspective provides an easy-to-follow model for teaching research methodology to children to participate actively in their own education.

Questionnaires and Surveys

Questionnaires and surveys

Teaching Content for Session 7

Timing: 2 hours + 1 hour follow-up work.


In some ways the questionnaire can be seen as a structured interview in written form. It is a popular method of data collection because it can be distributed to larger numbers and, since the answers are standardised, the analysis is relatively straightforward (Wilson and McLean, 1994). Many questionnaires are anonymous, and this generally increases the likelihood of people responding honestly to the questions. However, there are some drawbacks. Questionnaires which are sent out by post frequently have a low response rate – sometimes as low as 20 per cent – and this has validity implications because there is then an issue about how ‘representative’ the data can be from ...

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