What are the types of Questionnaire?

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Types of questionnaire
1. Structured questionnaire

a) Have definite and concrete questions.
b) Is prepared well in advance.
c) Initiates a formal inquiry.
d) Supplements and checks the data, previously accumulated.
e) Used in studies of the economics and the social problems, studies of the administrative policies and changes etc.

2. Unstructured questionnaire
a) Used at the time of the interview.
b) Acts as the guide for the interviewer.
c) Is very flexible in working.
d) Used in studies related to the group of families or those relating to the personal experiences, beliefs etc.

A questionnaire can also be divided as the follows depending on the nature of the questions therein
1. Open ended questionnaire
a) Respondent is free to express his views and the ideas.
b) Used in making intensive studies of the limited number of the cases.
c) Merely an issue is raised by such a questionnaire.
d) Do not provide any structure for the respondent’s reply.
e) The questions and their orders are pre – determined in the nature.

2. Close ended questionnaire
a) Responses are limited to the stated alternatives.
b) One of the alternatives is simply YES or NO.
c) Respondent cannot express his own judgment.

3. Mixed questionnaire
a) Questions are both close and open ended.
b) Used in field of social research.

4. Pictorial questionnaire
a) Used very rarely.
b) Pictures are used to promote the interest in answering the questions.
c) Used in studies related to the social attitudes and the pre – judices in the children.

This article has been written by KJ Singh a MBA Graduate from a prestigious Business School In India
Article Published:August 20, 2010
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    Clear differences should be made between the types of questionnaire. Also, their advantages and disadvantages should be stated.

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  • H Yousafzai July 6, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    i would like to know, how do we measure results when we have used differen scales on a single questionarre?? like likert, open ended, o or 1 answer?? and other multiple scales in single questionaire.

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    Importace of ouestionnire in Social science

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  • eruson agwo joseph December 23, 2016 at 10:12 am

    great work and good deed. I need more explantion on illustration and forms of questioniere.

  • keith Agie January 14, 2017 at 3:29 am

    The definitions are well stated and one can draw out meanings thanx Bt still the advantages and disadvantages of each are missing

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