Survey Research

When doing survey research, you can examine the different descriptive, exploratory, and explanatory topics.  You would want to choose the appropriate question forms, so either questions and statements or open-ended and closed-ended questions.  For a survey, you would want to make sure that the questions are clear, not double-barreled, relevant, preferably short, not biased, or negative.  The respondents must be competent to answer, and willing to answer.  The general questionnaire format should include uncluttered questions, one question per line, and a consistent format.  We are looking into family involvement in different children’s daycare centers, by sending home different family fun time activities for these families to complete together.  We will then send out a survey for the parents to fill out asking different questions so that we can attempt to gauge how much family involvement these children have, and why it might be different between centers.  My research question is, “How does the social class of a family affect the amount of family involvement”?  The survey question that I will use to operationalize my dependent variable is, “How involved was your family throughout the activity?”  Then the survey question that I will use to operationalize my independent variable will be, the question that asks, “What is your annual household income?” These questions are good/well written because they are short, easy-to-answer questions that I feel people will be willing and competent to answer.  They are also clear, as well as not double-barreled, as well as very relevant to the research that we are conducting.