Bad and Good Questions

1. Bad and Good

 
This survey gives examples of poor survey questions. See whether or not you can identify the problem with each of the questions
1. How many times have you used Adobe Acrobat during the last calendar year?
2. When typing a letter a I typically use:
3. The Mac operating system rarely gets infected by viruses and therefore Department of Education should only purchase Mac computers.
4. Which of the following Federal programs do you feel are the most effective in assisting students to succeed? (choose only one)
5. How do you feel about the instructor(s) of this course?
6. Which of the following is not an example of a non-example of a research method?
7. Which of the following are types of questions that can be used in surveys?
As you can see there are many ways in which questions can confuse or lead your responders to give you biased or inaccuarate resposes. Paying a little attention to the questions and how they are worded can greatly improve your experience in research data collection.

Question #1 - May be difficult to recall the actual number. Shortening the lenght of time to "..last week" may help.

Question #2 - Answers are ambiguous and a person that uses Word, which is a word processor could select either one.

Question #3 -Leading question

Question #4 -Too many acronyms

Question #5 - May be intimidating for the student (responder) and force a positive response.

Question #6 -double negative

Question #7 - too many choices...BTW they are all types of question that can be used in SurveyMonkey.
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