Main Types Of Questionnaire Administration

In social research the most common form of administering questionnaires is by mail. Educational research is different in this respect because administration by hand is just as significant (if not more) as postal surveys. Within non-postal surveys, we can distinguish two distinct subtypes, one-to-one administration and group administration. Because the administration method has a significant bearing on the format and to some extent also on the content of the questionnaire, we need to examine...

Processing Questionnaire Data

Having designed a questionnaire and administered it to an appropriate sample is half the battle. Now comes the final phase of our research, the processing of the data. The starting point of this phase is the very salient presence of stacks of completed questionnaires taking up what little empty space there is in our office. Accordingly, our initial priority is to get rid of these stacks and transform the information that is hidden in these piles of questionnaires into a more useful form that we...

Social desirability or prestige bias

The final big problem with regard to questionnaires is that people do not always provide true answers about themselves that is, the results represent what the respondents report to feel or believe, rather than what they actually feel or believe. There are several possible reasons for this, and the most salient one is what is usually termed the social desirability or prestige bias. Questionnaire items are often 'transparent,' that is, respondents can have a fairly good guess about what the...

Selected List Of Published L Questionnaires

Please note that the use of the term 'questionnaires ' in this book does not include 'tests', 'production questionnaires' e.g., DCTs or classroom observation schemes cf. Section 1.1 . I would like to thank all my friends and colleagues who have helped me to compile this list. I am certain that I have unintentionally omitted several valuable published instruments from the list below. I apologize for this. Attitudes see also 'language learning motivation' Wenden 1991 Attitudes questionnaire for...