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Questionnaires: Their Rate of Return.
Goodell, John S.
Questionnaires are important research tools despite their unpopularity. They are generally less costly per response than other techniques, may elicit more candid answers, provide more time for respondents to consider their replies, and do not introduce interviewer or observer bias. The rate of return is an indication of the usefulness of a questionnaire. The number of returns are affected by several factors, but only the method of distribution, the kind of information requested, and the status of respondents are considered here. At Emporia Kansas State College, students working on masters research projects who used questionnaires were studied. Of the four methods of questionnaire distribution: U.S. mail, personal distribution by researcher, distribution by other persons, and campus mail, personal distribution was the most effective method in getting returns. There was little, if any, relationship between the information requested and response rate. Analysis of rate of return and status of subjects was inconclusive, with college and university educators at the lowest rate for any group. (Author/BJG)
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Identifiers: Kansas State Teachers College Emporia