Methods


What Methods did you use for collecting data?
Ans: Surveys

Who are your research subjects / respondents? (How big is your sample size? What is their profile?)
Ans: Our research subjects are students in SST with siblings from all levels. We sent out surveys to all students. Our sample size consists of secondary 1 to secondary 4 students, with 41 respondents. Most of the respondents are from the lower secondary.

Why do you use them?
Ans: As our research topic is on sibling rivalry, we hope to be able to find out the root cause of it to solve the problem. By surveying the students in SST, we are able to find out the different causes of sibling rivalry and get to the main one. Also, as the students are of different ages and have siblings with different age gaps, we are able to find trends in sibling rivalry. For example, if the amount of fights change as the age gap decreases or if the reason behind the rivalry changed with age. Thus, we decided to use the students in SST as research respondents.

Why did you use the survey method?
Ans: The survey method is a quick and efficient way of collating data. As most people nowadays are in a rush and do not wish to spend too much time doing unnecessary stuff, by sending out surveys, all that is needed is a few "clicks" and the data we need will be collected. Other methods like interviews are not as suitable as they take up more time. Also, for interviews, some people may be camera-shy or unwilling to give answers to questions from complete strangers. Interviewees also may not speak the absolute truth. By using surveys, by remaining anonymous, they are able to speak their true thoughts and feelings. Thus, the survey method was the most suitable and appropriate method to use.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of doing questionnaires / interview findings?
Ans: 
DisadvantagesOpen-ended questions can generate large amounts of data that can take a long time to process and analyse. Respondents may answer superficially especially if the questionnaire takes a long time to complete. Sometimes, people may read differently into each question and therefore reply based on their own interpretation of the question
AdvantagesGenerally it is relatively quick to collect information using a questionnaire. Potential information can be collected from a large portion of a group. 

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