Research Methodology Basics
Take the quiz to test your understanding of the key concepts of research methodology.
Which of the following is not a data-collection method?
Postal survey questionnaires
_________________________ involves the transformation of raw data into numbers to make it suitable for further analysis.
What research method is popular because it is comparatively inexpensive and well-suited to studying large numbers of people?
Closed-ended questions increase the return rate of the questionnaire because
they are easy and quick to answer.
they involve no thought on the part of the respondent.
the questions are clearly worded.
they cover the return postage.
Of all of the steps in the research process, the one that typically takes the most time is
developing a hypothesis.
evaluation of the results.
formulating the problem.
What is a "probing question"?
One that inquires about a sensitive or deeply personal issue
One that asks indirectly about people's opinions
One that encourages the interviewee to say more about a topic
One that moves the conversation on to another topic
What is a research design?
A way of conducting research that is not grounded in theory
The choice between using qualitative or quantitative methods
The style in which you present your research findings, e.g. a graph
A framework for every stage of the collection and analysis of data
A mean, median and mode are all examples of __________________________.
measures of coefficients
measures of enumeration
measures of central tendency
measures of variation
A major disadvantage of using mail questionnaires to collect data is ________________________________.
the mail is slow
the response rate
the inability to follow-up
the cost of the stamps
We review the relevant literature to know:
What is already known about the topic
Who are the key contributors to the topic
What concepts and theories have been applied to the topic
All of the above
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