The survey is one of the most widely used research techniques in diploma theses. It facilitates gathering information in quantitative research. From how you prepare it, it depends on whether the collected material will have a scientific value and will be useful for your research.
The questionnaire for the bachelor thesis is not the same as the questionnaire!
Many students mistake a survey with a questionnaire. So we explain. The research method is polling. The research technique is a questionnaire. In turn, the research tool is a questionnaire, which consists of question sets.
It is assumed that the generally understood “questionnaire” in the bachelor thesis:
• is used to collect information necessary for the purpose of research (eg facts, opinions, attitudes, judgments, motivations, interests, etc.)
• involves answering questions to respondents
• takes the form of a questionnaire (questions and suggested answers)
• is addressed to a specific group of people (eg teachers, parents of children of a certain age, employees of a given organization, etc.)
When is the bachelor’s questionnaire?
A bachelor’s thesis is created at the middle stage of the research. First you need to develop a research problem (what and why you want to research). Next, you formulate research hypotheses (you specify what results you expect). In the next part you choose methods, techniques and research tools (how you want to collect information for research). That’s when you decide that you will collect information using surveys. The tool used will be a questionnaire.
In the questionnaire you can use the following questions:
- closed (to choose answers: a), b), c) etc.
- open (you give the freedom to answer – leave an empty space for expression)
- mixed (open and closed)
- Rules for creating questions – Bachelor thesis survey
- Questions must be simple and short (understandable language suited to the target group, devoid of professional and difficult terminology
- Questions should not suggest an answer
- Be polite to the respondents, avoid colloquial language
The survey is the best technique for collecting data in quantitative research, when you want to know the opinions of a significant number of people (eg 100). In some studies, it’s better to dress a different one, such as an interview.
The survey results in the case of surveys are usually estimates and it is difficult to generalize them to a larger part of society. Surveys are used, for example, for statistical surveys. The more accurately you choose the test sample, the more reliable the research will be.
In the survey, ask such questions and indicate such answers, thanks to which you will gather information useful from the point of view of the research problem (eg in what age do the first difficulties in learning appear?).
If you are wondering whether the best survey will be to conduct your research, we encourage you to read the following books, where you will find a lot of useful information:
- Methodology of research for authors of bachelor and master theses in pedagogy
- Methodology of social sciences
- Methods and techniques of pedagogical research
- How to write a master’s thesis?
- Methodology of social research
If you still do not know how to develop a survey for your work, please contact us.