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A fairly new component of the Pure and Elective Geography syllabus, GI or Geographical Investigation entails students to showcase their understanding of relevant fieldwork techniques, from identifying the question at hand as well as knowing about primary and secondary data collection methods.
One part of the data collection methods involves crafting questionnaires. What are the areas students need to look at when crafting them?
1. Start with general questions that are easy to answer, for example, asking the age of the respondent.
2. Utilise closed questions which have a fixed set of answers for respondents to choose from.
3. Use open questions to ask for opinions and allow respondents to answer freely.
4. Keep the questionnaire short and simple to avoid taking up too much of your respondents' time. A good one should have no more than 10 questions.
5. Have a mix of questions to make the questionnaire more interesting.
6. Avoid asking leading questions which may influence the answer of the respondent. For example, instead of asking "Do you agree that tourism has affected your business?", you should ask "How has tourism affected your business?"
7. Avoid having two questions rolled into one, such as, "Do tourists patronise your shop? What do they buy?" This will reduce confusion on the part of the respondent and make it easier for you to analyse data.
8. Craft questions that would help answer the guiding question.
There are still many areas in GI to be examined that cannot be contained in a single blog post. Our experienced team of Geography tutors will be on hand to help students still struggling with the various concepts. Do take a look at our holiday programmes or join us in our regular weekly classes in 2017. Call us at 6264 2236 or 9661 9760.
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