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open-ended question

a type of question in a QUESTIONNAIRE in which the respondent's choice of answer is not prestructured but left entirely free. Analysis of open-ended questions is obviously less straightforward than for FIXED-CHOICE QUESTIONS, which can be pre-coded. However, open-ended questions have the advantage, of not imposing a frame of reference on respondents (see MEASUREMENT BY FIAT).

For this reason they may be preferred to fixed choice questions in some contexts and by some researchers (e.g. as an adjunct to PARTICIPANT OBSERVATION or in the early exploratory stages of research), and can be used alongside fixed-choice questions as appropriate. see also SOCIAL SURVEY.

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The survey asked an open-ended question about financial challenges faced by the respondents, who were asked either to check a box indicating that they faced no financial challenges or to describe in "a couple of words (150 character max)" to describe the main financial challenges or concerns facing them or their families.
In Figure 1, a student whose response exemplifies poor application introduces his or her answer by shuffling or restating the words from the open-ended question itself.
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An example of an open-ended question would be: "Tell me about your headaches.
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Respond with an open-ended question in the space provided.
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This aspect of the open-ended question technique may help investigators because every lie forecloses avenues by which suspects may later try to defend themselves.
One open-ended question asked each respondent's perspective for America's future and its citizenry.