Publication Details

McGuirk, P. M. & O'Neill, P. (2005). Using questionnaires in qualitative human geography. In I. Hay (Eds.), Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography (pp. 147-162). South Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.


This chapter deals with questionnaires, an inlormation-gathering technique used frequently in mixed method research that draws on quantitative and qualitative data sources and analysis. We begin with a discussion of key issues in the design and conduct of questionnaires. We then explore the strengths and weaknesses for qualitative research of various question formats and questionnaire distribution and collection techniques. Finally, we consider some of the challenges of analysing qualitative responses in questionnaires and we close with a discussion of the limitations of using questionnaires in qualitative research.