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Questionnaires are the printed sets of questions to be answered by respondents, either through face-to-face interviews or self-completion, as a tested, structured, clearly presented and systematic means of collecting data (mainly in the quantitative methods tradition).

Section Outline: Question format: simple, clear, understandable wording. Pitfalls: too general; double-barrelled questions; threatening; too complicated. Open and closed questions. Showcards. Question sequences. Filters. Self-completion.

In survey research – probably the archetypal example of Quantitative Methods – everyone in the sample is systematically asked the same questions, in the same order in each interview and by each interviewer. This is in contrast to in-depth Interviewing (see also Auto/biography and Life Histories; Unobtrusive Methods). A list of topics to be included is converted into easily understandable and answerable questions, written down on ...

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