Week 5 Discussion 1&2

Discussion 1

Questionnaire Design

Using the textbook, required articles and recommended resources, construct a 5-6 item questionnaire on a topic of your choice. Your questionnaire can include either open-ended or closed-ended (fixed format) questions. Submit your completed questionnaire to this discussion forum.

Be sure to consider the following when responding:

  1. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the questionnaire overall?
  2. Consider how the items are worded and the response choices, if applicable, are provided.
    1. Are the questions clear and concise?
    2. Are there any questions that are vague or unclear?
    3. If applicable, are the response choices effective?
    4. Is there only one correct response choice?
    5. Are there any unintentional cues to the correct answer?
    6. Do the items appear to be a good measure of what the student is wanting to assess?
  3. How could the questionnaire be improved?

Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings by providing evaluations of their questionnaires. Responses to students should be at least 200 words in length. In addition, remember that this is a group discussion forum so be sure to ask questions or provide direction to your classmates as needed. The discussion format was designed to give you an opportunity to learn from your peers and talk about your understanding of different survey research and questionnaires.

Discussion 2

Sampling

In qualitative and quantitative studies, sampling refers to selecting a particular sample of individuals from a larger population. This process is often called participant selection. Qualitative research collects rich data from fewer sources, while quantitative research attempts to collect a larger, more representative sample from the population as a whole. Selection criteria for eligibility in a study is similar for both quantitative and qualitative studies, however, there are some differences with respect to the procedures used and the size of the samples.

Instructions:

Consider a particular topic (this can be the topic from one of your previous discussions or assignments), and a particular qualitative or quantitative research design and state the factors you would consider in choosing participants for the study. Be sure to answer the following in your discussion:

  • What sampling method would you use?
  • How would you go about deciding how many participants to select given a particular methodology?
  • What factors should be considered regarding sample size, representativeness, and apparent biases in the selection of the sample?

Your post should be at least 300 words