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What Are Open Ended Questions?

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    July 28, 2015 4:51 pm IST


    Open-Ended Questions are:

    Technically not a question but a statement that asks for a response.

    Questions start with words like “why”, “how” or phrases such as “tell me about”

    Important in education, counseling, sales, investigative work and journalism.

    Opposite of closed-ended questions

    Tend to be more objective and less leading than close-ended questions

    Designed to encourage a full, meaningful answer using the subject’s own knowledge and/or feelings.


    Examples of open-ended questions are:

    Tell me about your relationship with your parents.

    What do you think about the 2 candidates in this election?

    That’s an interesting color suit you are wearing.


    The most famous open-ended question is “How do you feel?” or “How does this make you feel?”

    The reason this question is widely used because people get an opportunity to express their emotions. It is a standard tool used in journalism as well as therapy.

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    March 15, 2016 1:04 pm IST

    A closed-ended question contrasts with Associate in Nursing open-ended question, that can not be answered with an easy "yes" or "no", or with a particular piece of knowledge, and which supplies the person responsive the question scope to offer the knowledge that appears to them to be acceptable.A closed-ended question could be a question format that limits respondents with a listing of answer decisions from that they have to value more highly to answer the question. Unremarkable these sorts of queries area unit within the variety of multiple decisions, either with one answer or with check-all-that-apply, however can also be in scale format, wherever respondent ought to plan to rate matters in on the dimensions time, just like Likert queries. 

    This post was edited by Michael Barbosa at May 14, 2016 6:07 pm IST
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