Methods of Data Collection MCQs

Methods of Data Collection MCQs

Our team has conducted extensive research to compile a set of Methods of Data Collection MCQs. We encourage you to test your Methods of Data Collection knowledge by answering these 30 multiple-choice questions provided below.
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1: Research Instruments include the _____ that guide data collection.

A.   Questions

B.   Prompts

C.   Procedures

D.   All of these

2: When participants change behaviors as a result of being observed, or when interview participants change responses due to perceived reactions from the researcher, it is known as _____

A.   Favoritism

B.   Reactivity

C.   Nervousness

D.   None of these

3: The term Emic refers to Descriptions of beliefs, behaviors, or ways of being or belief that are attributed by an outside observer and that are not culturally embedded.

A.   True

B.   False

4: Etic is the description of beliefs, behaviors, or ways of being or belief that are attributed by an outside observer (the researcher), and that are not culturally embedded.

A.   True

B.   False

5: In qualitative research there are many forms of collecting dat Some types of data are better than others, with the interview considered to be the gold standar

A.   True

B.   False

6: Maintaining confidentiality with my participants is a critical component of conducting qualitative research.

A.   True

B.   False

7: Once I have decided to conduct observations and interviews I cannot deviate from the research plan.

A.   True

B.   False

8: Conducting a six-week pilot study helped me identify my next steps in the research plan. Now I should:

A.   Interview everyone in the facility (30 people)

B.   Conduct focus groups three times to identify themes

C.   Send out a confidential survey asking people to volunteer their time in interviews

D.   Randomly choose a classroom to study

9: One of my keyparticipants suddenly moved away. Now what should I do?

A.   Disregard all the interview data from him

B.   Write a memo describing the circumstances and themes

C.   Call around and try to find this person’s new location

D.   Search online to find this person.

10: I would like to interview survivors of a fad diet, who have a private support group onlin I should:

A.   Reveal who I am, and what I would like to do

B.   Request access, then eavesdrop on this group until I am comfortable asking questions

C.   Request access, and pretend to be a fellow survivor to gain more information

D.   Consider the weakness of the study and that the IRB would probably deny this application.

11: During one of my observations I saw something that made me feel uncomfortabl I should:

A.   Stop going back to this place

B.   Tell a trusted colleague and ask for advice

C.   Call the local news channel and police

D.   Forget what I saw.

12: When conducting my first interview with someone I should:

A.   Not reveal anything personal about myself

B.   Explain my research protocol in depth

C.   Talk about my work in general terms since I’m not sure if this person will be a regular part of my research plan

D.   Share deeply personal pieces of information to develop rapport.

13: I can promise my participant the following:

A.   Confidentiality

B.   Solutions to their problems

C.   Advocacy to fix the situation

D.   Sharing my research notes with others to check for accuracy of interpretation

14: I can promise my participant the following:

A.   Confidentiality

B.   Solutions to their problems

C.   Advocacy to fix the situation

D.   Sharing my research notes with others to check for accuracy of interpretation

15: When interviewing someone for the first time, it is helpful to begin with questions that focus on:

A.   Feelings and emotions

B.   Events that have occurred

C.   Demographic information about their background

D.   Small talk to establish rapport

16: Being a good interviewer takes a lot of skill and practic You could start by:

A.   Developing a set of questions that you will ask

B.   Watching a skilled interviewer

C.   Watch TV talk show hosts

D.   Follow a strict protocol that you will adhere to regardless of the answers.

17: Structured interviews are best for situations when you have:

A.   Several people to interview and need to be able to compare their answers

B.   Social phobia and aren’t sure where to begin

C.   An emotional person who might veer off course with answers

D.   Many people around who might be listening

18: Unstructured interviews are most helpful when:

A.   You have a rapport with someone already

B.   Expect to uncover new information

C.   You might be getting into emotional territory

D.   All of the above

19: Before you begin interviewing, you should cover some ground rules with the participant, including:

A.   The purpose of the study and interview

B.   Confidentiality and consent for conducting the interview

C.   Ensuring the location makes you seem authoritative

D.   All of the above

20: If the person you are interviewing does not want to be recorded during the interview you should:

A.   Stop the interview immediately

B.   Ask if you can take notes instead

C.   Press on and convince them why it’s no big deal

D.   Secretly record them anyway.

21: Data collective is iterative and reactionary.

A.   True

B.   False

22: Collecting data may involve:

A.   Sitting in the back of the room watching everything that is going on

B.   Talking with people in the situation

C.   Helping students in a classroom while informally interviewing the teacher

D.   All of the above

23: Design complexity refers to:

A.   The cheapest and fastest way to conduct your study

B.   The number of references you have for your literature review

C.   The way you have structured your study with robust questions connected to the literature

D.   The way your data triangulates with other sources of date

24: I know I have enough data when:

A.   People stop talking to me

B.   My sources of data are repeating themes I have developed

C.   My six months allotted to data collection are finished

D.   The participants have nothing new to ad

25: Being a good researcher means:

A.   I am an expert in the field

B.   I tell my participants what I expect from them

C.   I listen well and have good interpersonal skills

D.   I will tell my participants what they are doing incorrectly

26: Nila has been working in a school as an observer for three months. She finds out that she is not invited to the holiday party along with her participants. She views this:

A.   Negatively, because it means that the others don’t like her

B.   Positively, because she has maintained her professional distance

C.   Neutrally, since the workers are still getting to know her and she isn’t considered “staff”

D.   Objectively; it doesn’t bother her because she doesn’t like them either.

27: Understanding your data has as much to do with who you are as a person as your expertis

A.   True

B.   False

28: One researcher realizes that as a “chatty” white woman in a homeless shelter for immigrants:

A.   She’ll have to monitor her talking time so she doesn’t interrupt people

B.   She’ll have instant rapport with people since she has so much to say

C.   People will gravitate toward her naturally

D.   People might take advantage of her cultural status.

29: In my Researcher Identity/Positionality Memo I will be mindful of:

A.   My upbringing and home life compared to my participants

B.   My education and accent from the Boston-area

C.   My dress/apparel not appearing to be too expensive

D.   All of the above

30: During her first interview with an participant, Maria discovers that this person is a distant relativ Should she say something?

A.   Yes, she can reveal that she is related and continue on

B.   No, she should hide this fact from the person and think about it more later

C.   Yes, and she can offer to discontinue the study with her

D.   No, it might change this person’s perspective and interfere with her findings.