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Large-Scale Questionnaire Design and Methodological Considerations: Learnings From the Australian Child Wellbeing Project

By: Elizabeth O’Grady, Katherine Dix, Mollie Tobin & Petra Lietz Published: 2017 | Product: SAGE Research Methods Cases Part 2
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Tools to measure perceptions of child wellbeing using a questionnaire are commonplace in educational research. However, the design and development of these tools vary widely. This case study considers a new approach used by researchers who were part of a collaborative, mixed-methods study of child wellbeing, resulting in Australia’s first nationally representative and internationally comparable online questionnaire of child wellbeing in the middle years of schooling. The researchers, expert in quantitative methods, worked in partnership with social policy researchers, experts in qualitative research methods, to develop a large-scale questionnaire of child wellbeing. The questionnaire design was informed by children’s perspectives on their own wellbeing using qualitative research methods. In particular, the perspectives of children in Australia who may experience disadvantage or marginalization were gathered. Attention ...

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