Constructing Questions for Interviews and Questionnaires: Theory and Practice in Social Research
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.
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An initial statement of the problem
A theoretical framework
Defining topics properly
Formulating intelligible requests for information
Contextual influences on respondents interpretations of questions
The need to provide response frameworks
The limitations of human memory
Filters establishing the relevance of questions to respondents
Reducing question threat
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