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ERIC Number: EJ765878
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0007-1013
Online Data Collection in Academic Research: Advantages and Limitations
Lefever, Samuel; Dal, Michael; Matthiasdottir, Asrun
British Journal of Educational Technology, v38 n4 p574-582 Jul 2007
Online data collection in academic research might be replacing paper-and-pencil surveys or questionnaires in the near future. This paper discusses the advantages and limitations of online data collection, with particular reference to the conduct of two qualitative studies involving upper secondary school teachers and students in Iceland in 2002. Email was used for contacting the participants to ask them to visit a designated website in order to complete the questionnaire. Some problems arose with the use of an online web-based programme for data collection. Among them were the unreliability of the email address lists and the lack of willingness, particularly among students, to participate. The paper concludes that while online surveys can access large and geographically distributed populations and achieve quick returns, they may no longer be as universally appealing as was once believed. Reaching the population sample remains a problem in online as well as in traditional data collection.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iceland