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Survey about Camino de Santiago for my Bachelor's Thesis

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peregrinoforlife

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés in 2016 & Camino Primitivo in 2019
Hi there!

Shortly:
I have walked the Camino twice and it was the most amazing experience in my life, so therefore I decided to write the bachelor's thesis about it and I need your help! I am kindly asking you for participation in my survey to have statistics. I need at least 100 responds to make my work trustworthy. It takes on average 4 minutes to answer all the questions!

Please take in mind that this survey is ONLY FOR THOSE WHO ALREADY HAVE DONE the Camino de Santiago!

Link to the survey

I encourage you to take part in the survey!
Thank you in advance!

Buen Camino!
Hubert

PS. This picture was taken this year on the Camino Primitivo! Enjoy
IMG_0248_edited.jpg


 

Davey Boyd

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Again, soon as possible!
Done.

Though I take it the questions are for the Camino Frances in particular? Because each camino/chemin etc in Europe will give different answers. So I answered as regarding the Camino Frances.

Good luck,
Davey
 

kazrobbo

Tassie Kaz
Camino(s) past & future
CF(2012)
CP(2015)
St Olavs Way Norway(2016)
88 Temples Japan(2017)
PWC & VF(2019)
Israel (2020)
Done.

Though I take it the questions are for the Camino Frances in particular? Because each camino/chemin etc in Europe will give different answers. So I answered as regarding the Camino Frances.

Good luck,
Davey
I assumed so too...he does say St James Way throughout the survey so I think it's a safe bet. All the best with your thesis Hubert!
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nickpellatt

Member
Camino(s) past & future
French 2015 Portuguese 2018 Norte May 2019 Finesterre and Muxia April 2019
Done - Id be interested to know more about your thesis?
 

Turga

Camino tortuga
Camino(s) past & future
CF (Aug/Sep 2017)
CF (Aug/Sep 2018)
Done!

I have the following comments to some of the questions:

9: the extent to which the pilgrimage lets you know about the local culture?
I would say that it depends a lot on your own attitude and how good your Spanish is.

10: the prices of accommodation, gastronomy and other services on the Saint James Way
Very much up to your own choices and preferences.

11: the standard of accommodation, gastronomy and other services on the Saint James Way
Same as above.

17: Does the atmosphere here encourage you to make more pilgrimages in the future?
Where is ‘here’?
 

kazrobbo

Tassie Kaz
Camino(s) past & future
CF(2012)
CP(2015)
St Olavs Way Norway(2016)
88 Temples Japan(2017)
PWC & VF(2019)
Israel (2020)
Done!

I have the following comments to some of the questions:

9: the extent to which the pilgrimage lets you know about the local culture?
I would say that it depends a lot on your own attitude and how good your Spanish is.

10: the prices of accommodation, gastronomy and other services on the Saint James Way
Very much up to your own choices and preferences.

11: the standard of accommodation, gastronomy and other services on the Saint James Way
Same as above.

17: Does the atmosphere here encourage you to make more pilgrimages in the future?
Where is ‘here’?
I think translation (or English is not the OP's native tongue) has played a part in some of the wording so a few assumptions have to be made. A fun exercise all the same & I'm sure Hubert won't have too much trouble finding the 100 respondents needed!
I found the age bracketing interesting; only one category covering 50+ years. Unless the demographic has changed since I walked the Frances in 2012 & the Portugues in 2015, I think there will be a whole heap of ticks in that box...myself included. 😄
👣 🌏
 
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frontiers

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2010)
Portugués (2016)
Inglés (2019)
Hi there!

Shortly:
I have walked the Camino twice and it was the most amazing experience in my life, so therefore I decided to write the bachelor's thesis about it and I need your help! I am kindly asking you for participation in my survey to have statistics. I need at least 100 responds to make my work trustworthy. It takes on average 4 minutes to answer all the questions!

Please take in mind that this survey is ONLY FOR THOSE WHO ALREADY HAVE DONE the Camino de Santiago!

Link to the survey

I encourage you to take part in the survey!
Thank you in advance!

Buen Camino!
Hubert

PS. This picture was taken this year on the Camino Primitivo! Enjoy
View attachment 62422
Hi Hubert,

Good luck with your BSc thesis!

For your information, there is an ongoing research project on the effects that walking the Camino has on people. Although the focus of their study is mainly on both physical and mental aspects, you can have a look at their survey and maybe eventually get in touch with the PIs.

You can find more info here:
 

David Tallan

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
I included all routes. So when asked how many pilgrimages I had done I included pilgrimages on any route to Santiago. When asked how long I set aside, I used my most recent pligrimage (which happened to be on the Portugues from Porto). The hardest question to answer was the quality of accommodations and food on the route. That, of course, will depend entirely upon how much one is interested in paying.
 

peregrinoforlife

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés in 2016 & Camino Primitivo in 2019
Hello Hubert-- I enjoyed taking your survey. :) I had to put down unemployed, when actually, I'm a full time mother. I with there had been an "other" option. Good luck with your thesis. :)
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Thank you so much and sorry for that!
 

peregrinoforlife

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés in 2016 & Camino Primitivo in 2019
Done!

I have the following comments to some of the questions:

9: the extent to which the pilgrimage lets you know about the local culture?
I would say that it depends a lot on your own attitude and how good your Spanish is.

10: the prices of accommodation, gastronomy and other services on the Saint James Way
Very much up to your own choices and preferences.

11: the standard of accommodation, gastronomy and other services on the Saint James Way
Same as above.

17: Does the atmosphere here encourage you to make more pilgrimages in the future?
Where is ‘here’?
Thank you for participation! You are right with you comments. About the 17. "Here = there on the Camino" It used to be a paper survey when I was asking people for participation next to the cathedral in Santiago, so then it made sense.
 

peregrinoforlife

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés in 2016 & Camino Primitivo in 2019
I think translation (or English is not the OP's native tongue) has played a part in some of the wording so a few assumptions have to be made. A fun exercise all the same & I'm sure Hubert won't have too much trouble finding the 100 respondents needed!
I found the age bracketing interesting; only one category covering 50+ years. Unless the demographic has changed since I walked the Frances in 2012 & the Portugues in 2015, I think there will be a whole heap of ticks in that box...myself included. 😄
👣 🌏
Hi,
Yeap, I am not native. About the age bracketing, now I know I could have add more option +60 or even +70..
 

peregrinoforlife

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés in 2016 & Camino Primitivo in 2019
Hi Hubert,

Good luck with your BSc thesis!

For your information, there is an ongoing research project on the effects that walking the Camino has on people. Although the focus of their study is mainly on both physical and mental aspects, you can have a look at their survey and maybe eventually get in touch with the PIs.

You can find more info here:
Thank you so much! I will take a look at it
 

Nanc

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (Sept 2016)
SDC/ Finesterre/ Muxia (2016)
as someone who has done research, residency, publications, I cannot envision the Masters thesis this questionnaire would be helpful to
It is so generic that data from it is not be likely to be helpful

And, as others have said, it leaves a lot to open interpretation to even the simplest question
like did you find help here- does that mean the forum, or what?
great photo by the way
 

peregrinoforlife

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés in 2016 & Camino Primitivo in 2019
as someone who has done research, residency, publications, I cannot envision the Masters thesis this questionnaire would be helpful to
It is so generic that data from it is not be likely to be helpful

And, as others have said, it leaves a lot to open interpretation to even the simplest question
like did you find help here- does that mean the forum, or what?
great photo by the way
As someone who has done reseaches before, you should have know that there are some "hidden" question that people answer, but make sense only/mostly to my. But of course some of them are just generic. :) One is sure - the phote is great! Thank you so so so much! :)
 

happymarkos

HappyMark
Camino(s) past & future
2013 CF
2014 Le Puy-St Jean. 2014&16 Volunteer St JP
2016 Portuguese
2017 Porto-Santiago
2018
Hi there!

Shortly:
I have walked the Camino twice and it was the most amazing experience in my life, so therefore I decided to write the bachelor's thesis about it and I need your help! I am kindly asking you for participation in my survey to have statistics. I need at least 100 responds to make my work trustworthy. It takes on average 4 minutes to answer all the questions!

Please take in mind that this survey is ONLY FOR THOSE WHO ALREADY HAVE DONE the Camino de Santiago!

Link to the survey

I encourage you to take part in the survey!
Thank you in advance!

Buen Camino!
Hubert

PS. This picture was taken this year on the Camino Primitivo! Enjoy
View attachment 62422
Hi Hubert,
Happy to participate however the question about attending mass regularly is a yes no. It doesn't allow for people of other faiths who pray regularly or attend a religious service from time to time.
Otherwise a good initial survey. Like others I would be interested in seeing the final results.
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
I cannot envision the Masters thesis this questionnaire would be helpful to
Well, it's not for a Master's thesis, which you'd have realized had you read the title and the thread.
Give @peregrinoforlife a break. It's not our job to grade his thesis - that's what they hire profs for.
But we can be helpful.

Done, with pleasure @peregrinoforlife
 
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Felipe

Veteran Member
I always think that a limited pilot survey -a prestudy- should be recommended by advisors, so there is chance to correct ambiguous questions or missing options. Anyway, problems found can be good points to discuss in the introduction -this could make the narrative more interesting.
In #16, for example, a "socializing" option could have been a good idea.
"Attending Mass" probably could have been better solved with a "Always/frequently/sometimes/never" options.
I suppose you already noticed that forum members may not be a representative sampling of the universe under study.
Good research!
 

GailGwyn

Member
Camino(s) past & future
part Camino Frances (2013). Part Camino Norte (2016} Camino Frances (2019) from SJPP
Hi there!

Shortly:
I have walked the Camino twice and it was the most amazing experience in my life, so therefore I decided to write the bachelor's thesis about it and I need your help! I am kindly asking you for participation in my survey to have statistics. I need at least 100 responds to make my work trustworthy. It takes on average 4 minutes to answer all the questions!

Please take in mind that this survey is ONLY FOR THOSE WHO ALREADY HAVE DONE the Camino de Santiago!

Link to the survey

I encourage you to take part in the survey!
Thank you in advance!

Buen Camino!
Hubert

PS. This picture was taken this year on the Camino Primitivo! Enjoy
View attachment 62422
Done! Good luck
 

debi b

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francais 2007, 2013
Muxia-Finnistere 2007
Aragon 2013
del Norte (parts) 2013, 2017
VdlP 2017
Hi there!

Shortly:
I have walked the Camino twice and it was the most amazing experience in my life, so therefore I decided to write the bachelor's thesis about it and I need your help! I am kindly asking you for participation in my survey to have statistics. I need at least 100 responds to make my work trustworthy. It takes on average 4 minutes to answer all the questions!

Please take in mind that this survey is ONLY FOR THOSE WHO ALREADY HAVE DONE the Camino de Santiago!

Link to the survey

I encourage you to take part in the survey!
Thank you in advance!

Buen Camino!
Hubert

PS. This picture was taken this year on the Camino Primitivo! Enjoy
View attachment 62422
Hi:
Is this a survey for a tourism program? Just curious because of the type of questions that you asked, and some of the limitations of those questions (a sociology research project would typically require a consideration of more variables). I completed the survey, but I found that you are missing some crucial questions that will limit the validity of your findings. You need to ask when/the last time the respondent walked the Camino Frances (and you need to specify that you are asking about the Camino Frances, because there are many roads to Santiago). The temporal dimension is crucial because the CF has changed quite a lot in recent years. My experiences walking in 2007 and 2011 may be different than people experience now. Other potentially useful questions are: What time of year did you walk? and Did you set out alone or with others? Both are important variables that beg consideration, unless you seek very general findings. I hope that your thesis committee has approved your questions, because they will then share responsibility for any data limitations. Good luck!
 

BPG2017

Member
Camino(s) past & future
September 2017
Dear Hubert,

done!
Note that this forum is heavily skewed in three ways: (1) English speakers; (2) committed multiple Camino-ers; (3) people with a positive experience of the Camino. You will not be able to get rid of this heavy slant, so you will have to specify in your thesis that you are researching this particular group. (You can minimise the English-speaker slant if you find a French-speaking and a Spanish-speaking site and translate your questionnaire into those languages as well)
 

Nanc

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (Sept 2016)
SDC/ Finesterre/ Muxia (2016)
Well, it's not for a Master's thesis, which you'd have realized had you read the title and the thread.
Give @peregrinoforlife a break. It's not our job to grade his thesis - that's what they hire profs for.
But we can be helpful.

Done, with pleasure @peregrinoforlife
AGREED this is a bachelors thesis
and yes my words were too blunt (a hangover from university days of over sighting residents etc)
my apologies to Perigrinoforlife
Sometimes a thought is better left unsaid. I forgot that
 

frontiers

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2010)
Portugués (2016)
Inglés (2019)
Thank you for your post, @Nanc . I am very happy to see this answer. I must admit that these messages were reverberating while I was walking el Camino. Never got to reply, though.

Sometimes a thought is better left unsaid. I forgot that
Sometimes, maybe. Some other times, maybe not. Let me think aloud and share my own contradictions with this all since I’m not sure whether this is the conclusion that I’d like to draw.

Certainly, the post was very specific, and it did not include any request for feedback. At that time, however, I felt that (in this particular scenario) one could genuinely try to offer some additional help (e.g. constructive feedback to reflect upon in the conclusions of the thesis, additional resources, etc). Retrospectively, I see now that sending a private message would have been more appropriate for that than an open message to the forum. And, most importantly, kindness should be a key aspect to any of such offerings. Far too often, very much so in scientific/academic settings, feedback is offered in most aggressive ways.

Whether any type of help (beyond the very request of the original post) is appropriate or not, I’m still in two minds ... All I can say is that I’m inclined to think that I would be grateful to receive constructive feedback (even when not requested) if it is kindly delivered. Surely, I need to be there before I know how it feels.

I hope that you, @peregrinoforlife , have found enough of the requested support and some useful comments/suggestions for your thesis report.
 

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