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Constructing Questions for Interviews and Questionnaires : Theory and Practice in Social Research - William Foddy

Constructing Questions for Interviews and Questionnaires

Theory and Practice in Social Research

Hardcover Published: 10th March 2009
ISBN: 9780521420099
Number Of Pages: 244

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The success of any interview or questionnaire depends upon good question design, yet most of the available literature has been devoted to interview techniques, rather than question formulation. This practical book provides a coherent, theoretical basis for the construction of valid and reliable questions for interviews and questionnaires. The theoretical framework used in the book provides a set of principles that, when followed, will increase the validity and reliability of verbal data collected for social research. Dr Foddy outlines the problems which can arise when framing questions with clarity and commonsense. He has written a wide ranging, useful book for survey practitioners working in the social sciences.

An initial statement of the problem
A theoretical framework
Defining topics properly
Formulating intelligible requests for information
Contextual influences on respondent's interpretations of questions
The need to provide response frameworks
The limitations of human memory
Filters: establishing the relevance of questions to the respondents
Reducing question threat
The open vs closed question debate: coding reponses to open questions and formulating sets of response options for closed questions
Measuring attitudes
Checks to ensure that questions work as they are intended to work
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ISBN: 9780521420099
ISBN-10: 0521420091
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 10th March 2009
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.53

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