Methods of Data Collection

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Methods of Data Collection Author's name Author's institutional affiliation Author's note Methods of Data Collection My supervisor has asked me under what circumstances I would use a questionnaire as opposed to an interview. One circumstance in which I would use a questionnaire instead of an interview would be in a situation where I knew a lot of the background information about my subjects already. For instance, if I were a teacher that knew my students very well, or if I worked for a small start-up company with very few employees there would likely be background and basic information about these people that I already knew and would not need to reacquire that information. There also may be circumstances when I do not need that information because it is irrelevant or that I would want to maintain some level of anonymity. I might also use a questionnaire instead of interviews in cases where I do not have the time to conduct interviews, or because of physical or scheduling constraints, interviews simply are not possible. This does not mean I could not use some of the same questions on the questionnaire as I would for the interviews. Finally, I might use a questionnaire when I am conducting quantitative research as opposed to using interviews which are more likely used in qualitative research. Questionnaires are very useful in the collection and organization of facts and statistics. A pro of questionnaires is how they lend themselves very well to establishing and
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