Methods in Context in Education - Coggle Diagram
Methods in Context in Education
Examples of Questionnaire Usage
Subject or University choice
Bullying or School Experience
Achievement and Factors of Education
Parent Attitudes to Education
Operationalisation of concepts
This is when abstract ideas are made measurable.
It may be easier to do this for adults due to a better grasp on the concepts.
It may also be hard to simplify complex terms to childeren
Therefore there is a danger that the questions will be based on misunderstanding.
Samples and sampling frames
Schools keep lists of pupils staff and parents which may be useful in selecting a sample or sampling frame.
Schools may not keep lists that sort students into groups the researcher wants however.
Questionnaires are a good way to get many potential respondents from a school. However the researcher needs permission
Since parents are much harder to contact doing so through the school may overcome barriers for the researcher.
If a questionnaire is delivered in public it may be hard to get pupils not to discuss responses.
If there is no sociologist in the room as the questionnaire is being filled out it may remove any tension in the child to not hide information.
Access and response rate
Schools my be reluctant to allow researchers to distribute questionnaires for they might be opposed to the subject or do not want the disruption.
However sometimes, when the head teacher has given consent the pupils and teachers may feel the need to cooperate.
If the head says time out of the lesson must be taken this may further increase response rate.
Also teachers, students and parents may be used to surveys and questionnaires issued by the school further increasing response rate.
On the other hand, they may be to busy to fill out the questionairre.
Practical issues of questionnaires.
Information is often limited and superficial
require reading which may be unsuitable with young children or those with learning disabilities.
The questionnaires must be short due to the attention span of children
Children's life experiences will be shorter and as such may not be useful.
Children may spread rumours of the questionnaire and these might affect answers.
Since teachers are well educated, they may be able to read the researchers intentions and adjust their answers accordingly.
Anonymity and detachment