Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2014 Archive

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Designing quantitative research


17 November 2014

Surveys are one of the most often used (and often used badly) data-collection technique across the social and behavioural sciences. While conducting research based on surveys may appear easy, developing high-quality questionnaires and scales and completing rigorous analysis are challenging tasks that require specialised knowledge and skill. This seminar will review the main aspects that underpin development of high-quality survey instruments for social and behavioural studies. The topics include:

  • What is a questionnaire and what is a scale?
  • How are survey questions and scale items designed?
  • What are typical techniques for constructing and testing questionnaires?
  • How is appropriate software for online surveys chosen?
  • What are typical statistical and qualitative techniques for analysing survey data?
  • How is the reliability and consistency of scales tested?
  • How is the choice between exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis made?
  • What are main mistakes and how can one avoid them?

Event details

  • When: 3–4.30pm

  • Where: Room 638, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
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  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: RSVP by emailing Camilla Pilgrim.

  • Contact:

    Camilla Pilgrim
    Research Support Officer, Sydney School of Education and Social Work
    T: +61 2 9351 8945 | E:

  • More info:

  • Speaker: Dr Lina Markauskaite is a senior lecturer in eResearch (Educational and Social Research Methods) in the Centre for Research on Computer Supported Learning and Cognition (CoCo), at the University of Sydney. Her current research interests include ICT-enhanced social and educational research methods; and epistemic fluency, professional education and professional knowledge work. Dr Markauskaite specialises in various research methods for studying computer-supported teaching and learning and has strong research interests in methodological innovation and ICT-enhanced research methods (eResearch). She conducts once-a-semester workshops for postgraduate students from across the University, where she teaches the efficient use of NVivo for analysing research data. These workshops are in high demand and are always filled to capacity.

Designing quantitative research: developing survey instruments and scales

Where Room 638, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.


17 November 2014

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