Activity Three
Thinking about different styles of writing

Read the following passage and decide which of the terms defined below best describes it as a form of thinking and style of writing.

In this study, 652 people were surveyed using a series of thirty ‘open-ended’ and thirty ‘closed-ended’ questions. The open questions were formulated for response on a Likert scale, and analysed using NVIVO, while responses to the closed questions were subject to quantitative analysis using the SPSS program. The large sample size, coupled with the comprehensive analysis of findings using this ‘mixed-methods’ approach, can be said to have resulted in a scientifically rigorous testing of the central research hypothesis.