Here is a list of dos and don’ts when designing questionnaires
|Give clear instructions and explanations on how to complete the questions.||Make your questionnaire too long.|
|Have a clear layout to follow and record answers.||Have too few categories available.<|
|Make your questions clear and easy to follow.||Use vague terms or questions that may lead to confusion.|
|Ask for any personal details at the end.||Ask embarrassing or personal questions.|
|Explain what the research is and who you are.||Have categories that overlap.|
|Use simple language that all will understand.||Include any technical terms.|
|Provide multiple choice answers where appropriate.||Include any leading questions (suggesting a probable answer).|
Your task here is to break all the rules!
In pairs, you should write ten questions about a suitable topic, at the same time trying to break as many of these rules as possible.
When you have finished, try them out as a test on another pair of students and see how many mistakes they can spot!