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Questionnaire

A list of questions requiring a response from the participants. Usually written and distributed by post/ online

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Interviews

A conversation between the researcher and the participants in which the participants answer questions about the research topic.

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Postal questionnaires

Questionnaires sent via the post

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Self-completion questionnaires

Questionnaires completed independently by the participants in their own time

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Online questionnaires

Due to the improvements in technology, questionnaires can now be completed online.

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Structured interviews

A set of pre-prepared Qs are asked by the interviewer, usually closed Qs.

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Unstructured interviews

The interviewer has complete freedom to vary the interview, it is more like a guided conversation.

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Semi-structured interviews

The interviewer has some set Qs/ basic topics that they want to cover, but they can probe for more information or go off on a slight tangent.

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Group interviews

An interview that involves a group of people, not one-on-one.

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Focus interviews

Aim to find out about one particular topic

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Participant observation

The researcher watches people in their natural environment and joins in with the activities.