Questionnaires And Parental Attitudes To Education

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Using material from Item A and elsewhere assess the strengths and limitations of questionnaires for the study of parental attitudes to education. [20] For sociologists, particularly positivists, questionnaires have many strengths that make them a useful research method when studying parental attitudes. However, for interpretivists the limitations of this method make it fairly useless as complex issues like this one require deep and meaningful studies. This causes conflict and shows us many different interpretations of questionnaires in educational studies. A strength of questionnaires for studying parental attitudes is that they don’t have many ethical issues. This is because if the parent doesn’t want to fill out the questionnaire they don’t have to so informed consent would not be a problem. Also, even though the researcher could ask sensitive questions like the respondents own experiences of school, they do not have to answer. Yet, because questionnaires can be confidential and anonymous, parents may be more inclined to answer questions as it would not belittle them in any way or create judgement as the researcher is completely detached from the parent. However, the researcher would need to make it very clear to the parents that they do not have to answer questions and guarantee their anonymity. But because there is no personal contact with the participant in questionnaires it makes it very difficult to reassure them of this. Another big strength of questionnaires is how practical they are. They are very fast and cheap to make so the researcher can target a large number of parents at the same time. One of the major strengths of questionnaires is their practicality. The fact that they are cheap and easy to create means that sociologists can target a high number of parents in a small period of time. Time is saved because the researchers would not need to
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