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Surveys and Questionnaires

Surveys and Questionnaires
Stacey Bielick


The title of this chapter is ‘Surveys and Questionnaires'. What is the difference between a survey and a questionnaire? Put most simply, a survey is ‘to ask (many people) a question or a series of questions in order to gather information…’ and a questionnaire is ‘a written set of questions that are given to people in order to collect facts or opinions about something'. (, 2016). These simple definitions have an important distinction: The definition for ‘survey’ is the process of gathering information from many people whereas the definition for ‘questionnaire’ is the set of questions we ask those people. Good survey and questionnaire design is important to education research because poorly designed ...

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