Devil in the detail: using a pupil questionnaire survey in an evaluation of out-of-school classes for gifted and talented children
AbstractThe use of questionnaires to evaluate educational initiatives is widespread, but often problematic. This paper examines four aspects of an evaluation survey carried out with very able pupils attending out-of-school classes: ethics, design, bias and interpretation. There is a particular focus on the interpretation and analysis of pupils' answers to open questions. Conclusions are drawn from this analysis which will help teachers and others to take a careful and critical approach to their use of questionnaires in educational evaluation.
CitationEducation 3-13, 36(1): 69 - 78
PublisherRoutledge (Taylor & Francis)