Questionnaire Design and Analysis
9-13 July 2012
This course introduces questionnaire design for educational, social, and related sciences. Its objectives are to prepare course participants to conduct their own questionnaire research, beginning with the conceptualization of a study and concluding with basic data analysis and presentation of research results.
Course participants will learn how to formulate appropriate research questions and develop a questionnaire associated with it. The course will focus on the most important topics of questionnaire design (e.g. question design, response option scaling) and provide concrete and applicable suggestions on how to avoid or reduce errors that may arise (e.g. response set effects, questions understood in an inconsistent manner).
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to conduct their own questionnaire research. Specifically, students will:
- Know what kinds of research questions can be answered with questionnaires
- Develop appropriate research questions
- Design and test questions for questionnaires
- Conduct basic data analysis
Knowledge of basic statistics is recommended (i.e. central tendency, hypotheses testing, correlation, etc.). We strongly recommend that students with no prior knowledge of statistics first attend the course "Introduction to Univariate and Bivariate Statistics", taught by R. Samuel and A. Grand. In addition, basic computer skills are required, i.e. participants should know how to create, save, change names of, and move files, as well as be able to create a folder, place files into folders, etc. However, no prior knowledge of SPSS is expected.