Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2015 Archive

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Qualitative and quantitative research methods

Introduction to questionnaire development

15 September 2015

Questionnaires are popular instruments for eliciting people’s psychological aspects – for example, cognitive processes, motivation, and anxiety – as well as other aspects such as beliefs, attitudes and experiences. This workshop, presented by Dr Aek Phakiti (pictured) is aimed at higher-degree-research students, and comprises two seminars and two computer lab sessions over the course of four Tuesdays. Participants will be provided with activities and tasks related to each of the aspects below and may be asked to share their discussion or work with the whole class:

  • contexts in which questionnaires can be appropriately used
  • strengths and weaknesses of questionnaires
  • stages in a questionnaire development
  • essential components of a questionnaire
  • questionnaire taxonomy
  • scales and quantification
  • validity and reliability of a questionnaire
  • qualitative data in questionnaires
  • types of statistical analyses for questionnaire data
  • examples of questionnaires and practice.
Session topicDate & timeVenue

Session 1 (seminar): introduction to questionnaire development

Sep 15

Rm 432
Education Building A35

Session 2 (seminar): developing your own questionnaire

Sep 22

Rm 612
Education Building A35

Session 3 (computer lab): introduction to SPSS and basic statistics

Oct 6

Brennan MacCallum Learning Studio 112–116

Session 4 (computer lab): introduction to inferential statistics for questionnaire data

Oct 13

Rm 229
Education Building A35

Required reading
  • Phakiti, A. (2014). "Questionnaire development and analysis." In A.J. Kunnan (ed), The companion to language assessment (pp. 1245–61). London: John Wiley & Sons.

Event details

  • When: 4–6pm

  • Where: Room 432, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: Free but places are limited and must be reserved.

  • RSVP: RSVP by emailing the research student liaison officer.

  • Contact: Suin Jung
    Research Student Liaison Officer, Sydney School of Education and Social Work
    T: +61 2 9351 6268 | E:

  • More info:

  • Speaker: Dr Aek Phakiti is a senior lecturer in TESOL at The University of Sydney. His research focuses on language testing and assessment, second-language acquisition, and research methods in language learning. He is an author of Strategic Competence and EFL Reading Test Performance (Peter Lang, 2007), Experimental Research Methods in Language Learning (Bloomsbury, 2014), with Carsten Roever, Quantitative Methods for Second Language Research: A problem-solving Approach (Routledge, 2015). With Brian Paltridge, he edited Continuum Companion to Research Methods in Applied Linguistics (2010, Continuum) and Research Methods in Applied Linguistics (2015, Bloomsbury). He is associate editor of Language Assessment Quarterly and University of Sydney Papers in TESOL. In 2010, he was a recipient of the TOEFL Outstanding Young Scholar, and Sydney School of Education and Social Work Teaching Excellence Award. He is vice president of the Association for Language Testing and Assessment of Australia and New Zealand.

Qualitative and quantitative research methods: questionnaire construction and analysis – part 1

Where Room 432, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.


15 September 2015

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