Data Collection Instrument
Selecting an existing survey questionnaire for your research project
Rather than create their own, research students may adopt survey questionnaires from experts within their field. This is often done when research students will measure variables for which reliable, academic peer reviewed scales are already available from reputable sources. (A 'scale' is a collection of 'items' or questions that measure a single construct).
Downloadable samples of survey questionnaires
To download a sample of a survey questionnaire that satisfies the checklist above, click either the icon or 'Download File' link.
Choose the right kind of analysis to effectively answer your research question.
If you are using the (hypothetico) deductive approach, the literature review should be the theoretical framework on which your data collection instrument and statistical analyses will be directly based. To do otherwise will be like putting the cart before the 'research' horse. Get help as early as possible to avoid common student research mistakes. Otherwise, simply ask whether a research consultant or tutor can help you to interpret and report the findings in a meaningful way.
The results of your (statistical and or qualitative) should answer your research question. However, in order to provide truly meaningful discussions from your analyses, consider the following.
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