Closed questions tend to be used for asking for and receiving answers about fixed facts such as name, numbers, and so on.They do not require speculation and they tend to produce short answers.You will be familiar with many of these methods from your work and from MA, MSc or BA study already.
This is a common approach and helps you to 'triangulate' ie to back up one set of findings from one method of data collection underpinned by one methodology, with another very different method underpinned by another methodology - for example, you might give out a questionnaire (normally quantitative) to gather statistical data about responses, and then back this up and research in more depth by interviewing (normally qualitative) selected members of your questionnaire sample.
For further information see Chapter 8 of by Gina Wisker.
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Our mission is to provide academic support to strengthen student learning and empower every student to develop as self-directed learners.You will find that you will need to read all the comments through and to categorise them after you have received them, or merely report them in their diversity and make general statements, or pick out particular comments if they seem to fit your purpose.If you decide to use interviews: Questionnaires often seem a logical and easy option as a way of collecting information from people.The Household Survey and Census ask closed questions, and often market researchers who stop you in the street do too.You might ask them to indicate how true for them a certain statement was felt to be, and this too can provide both a closed response, and one which can be quantified (30% of those asked said they never ate rice, while 45% said they did so regularly at least once a week... The problem with closed questions is that they limit the response the interviewee can give and do not enable them to think deeply or test their real feelings or values.This would give you a very good idea of the variety of ideas and feelings people have, it would enable them to think and talk for longer and so show their feelings and views more fully.But it is very difficult to quantify these results.Look at the very brief outlines of different methods below.Consider which you intend using and whether you could also find it more useful to combine the quantitative with the qualitative.However, often collections of statistics and number crunching are not the answer to understanding meanings, beliefs and experience, which are better understood through qualitative data.And quantitative data, it must be remembered, are also collected in accordance with certain research vehicles and underlying research questions.