Identification through the seating plan

There may be situations when even though you do not promise anonymity, you do not want to include the rather salient and potentially loaded task of the respondents identifying themselves by name in the questionnaire. In certain group administration contexts this can be avoided by putting a precoded identification number on each questionnaire and then recording the respondents' exact seating plan during the questionnaire administration (with the help of the students' class teacher, for example). If we hand out the precoded questionnaires in a specific order, we will be able to match the code numbers with the respondents' names through the seating plan. In my experience no one has ever complained about, or even raised the issue of, the identification numbers on the questionnaires, and I make it absolutely certain that the names remain confidential.

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