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The use of survey in doing scientific research has been adopted by many researchers notably
because of the numerous advantages that it offers to them. As highlighted, surveys embrace
versatility since they can be as general as possible. Above the versatility that the survey method
presents to the researcher, the amount and scope of data that it provides is second to none
because respondents are at liberty to expound their feelings and provide as much data as they can
(Fowler Jr, 2013). The ability to get data which is divisible into various subgroups to offer the
surveyor a broad scope to compare is also achievable through surveys. The larger the scope of
data acquired in a survey, the more attributable it becomes and as well, it offers the researcher an
opportunity to compare phenomenon across a wider range without digressing (Neuman,
2016). On the factor of providing representative sample, surveys done with correct sample
picking can be a good source of data which when analyzed can be used to explain the trends in
the larger population represented by sample. Researchers prefer sampling methods which are a
true representation such as the simple random sampling or the stratified one in order to provide
data which is not ambiguous (Fowler Jr, 2013).
It is true and proven that surveys too have their shortcomings as a mode of collecting data used
for analysis. Based on the issue of response rate, it is hard to convince respondents to give their
information and if by chance one happens to win them, it is another task to ensure that the
responses are true. The issues of biases in surveys are also another shortcoming since as
explained above, one can’t regulate the responses and the only option left is to pick the responses
and use them (Mai, 2016).
Data collection through participant observation provides an opportunity to collect data as nature
would present it and without the least influence. The advantages that this mode of data collection
offers to the researcher are on basis of the neutrality of data which is achieved as well as the

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RUNNING HEAD: Discussion Response 1 Discussion Response Name of Student Institution Instructor Date 2 Discussion Response The use of survey in doing scientific research has been adopted by many researchers notably because of the numerous advantages that it offers to them. As highlighted, surveys embrace versatility since they can be as general as possible. Above the versatility that the survey method presents to the researcher, the amount and scope of data that it provides is second to none because respondents are at liberty to expound their feelings and provide as much data as they can (Fowler Jr, 2013). The ability to get data which is divisible into various subgroups to offer the surveyor a broad scope to compare is also achievable through surveys. The larger the scope of data acquired in a survey, the more attributable it becomes and as well, it offers the researcher an opportunity to compare phenomenon across a wider range without digressing (Neuman, 2016). On the factor of providing representative sample, surveys done with correct sample picking can be a good source of data which when analyzed can be used to explain the trends in the larger population represented by sampl ...
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