Social Science Research - Choices in design

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reliability and validity.

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Social Science Research - Choices in design29 January 2011I. Why do we research?reliability and validityII. What is the most appropriate research instrument for me to use?A. The format of the survey 1. Interview questionsa. structuredb. semi-structuredc. unstructured2. Written questionsa. diariesb. field notesc. open-ended or free-responsed. short answere. pre-defined answers (A,B,C,D), possibly with Other (specify):3. Length4 pages, 45 minutes - 1 hour4. Response ratesa. formats determiningb. compensation5. The timing of the research and follow-upsB. Getting good responses1. Writing good questionsa. open v. closed questionsb. leading v. non-leading questionsc. using past research to develop your own questions2. Giving good instructionsa. survey design and logicb. answering queries when administering surveysc. what language(s) to usei. language barriersii. use of translatorsiii. dual language questionnaires3. Keeping an accurate recorda. jotting notes or shorthandb. tape recorders, transcribing and transcription machinesc. written surveys4. S

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