A step-by-step guide to developing effective questionnaires and survey procedures for program evaluation & research. Available:

Week 5
Required Materials
Textbook:
?Malec, T. & Newman, M. (2013). Research methods: Building a knowledge base. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc. ?Chapter 4: Survey Research ? Describing and Predicting Behavior

Articles:

?Diem, K. G. (2002). A step-by-step guide to developing effective questionnaires and survey procedures for program evaluation & research. Available: https://njaes.rutgers.edu/pubs/publication.asp?pid=FS995

?McCowan, R. J. (1999). Developing multiple choice tests: Tips and techniques. Available: https://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED501714

?Rice, G. T. (2005). Developing high quality multiple-choice test questions. Available: https://circle.adventist.org/browse/resource.phtml?leaf=7067 or circle.adventist.org/files/jae/en/jae200567043006.pdf?

Part 1:construct a 5-6 questionnaire on a topic about cats. Your questionnaire can include either open-ended or closed-ended (fixed format) questions.

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

Part 2: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.

Consider a particular topic in references to cats 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?


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