Writing Survey Questions and Interview Questions of Good Quality Worksheet

Research Writing: Research Process

Practice with this Writing Survey Questions and Interview Questions Worksheet to test if you can recognize when questions are poor in quality. Through completing 10 exercises, you practice identifying what makes a question poor and how to rewrite it to improve the results from the methods of data collection you employ for your research writing.

Writing Survey Questions and Interview Questions of Good Quality

Instructions

For each of the exercises below, read the example survey or interview questions, and decide what makes each a poor-quality question. Rewrite the questions to correct what is wrong with the original question.

  • Original question: Don’t you agree that the weather is too hot this year?

  • Reason it is not a good question:

    Your rewrite of the question:

  • Original question: While some people think the weather is too hot, I don’t agree. What do you think?

  • Reason it is not a good question:

    Your rewrite of the question:

  • Original question: There seems to be a higher number of people who are more health conscious. Are you one of those people?

  • Reason it is not a good question:

    Your rewrite of the question:

  • Original question: What do you think about weight loss supplements?

  • Reason it is not a good question:

    Your rewrite of the question:

  • Original question: Do you feel that college athletes should be paid for playing college sports and that the compensation should not be as high as it is for professional athletes?

  • Reason it is not a good question:

    Your rewrite of the question:

  • Original question: Should students be allowed to bring cell phones and other tech devices into the classroom if the devices aid the learning process, or do you feel these devices are best kept out of the classroom because they are a distraction with all the non-education applications, games and communication methods that are possible?

  • Reason it is not a good question:

    Your rewrite of the question:

  • Original question: Research shows that texting while driving is dangerous and should be avoided. Do you text while you drive, or are you smarter than that?

  • Reason it is not a good question:

    Your rewrite of the question:

  • Original question: Do you feel engaging in regular physical activity is an important thing to teach children and that kids learn to be more active by what they are taught or that they learn to be more active without any prodding from hovering parents?

  • Reason it is not a good question:

    Your rewrite of the question:

  • Original question: People shouldn’t allow their kids to play so many video games, right?

  • Reason it is not a good question:

    Your rewrite of the question:

  • Original question: How do you feel about childhood obesity?

  • Reason it is not a good question:

    Your rewrite of the question: