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Starter ± What is a survey? What would we use it for?
I sent this question to a group of children in a local primary school. What is your favourite food? A ± Soup B ± Spinach C ± Fish D ± Carrots What might I have done better? I gave them choices, but what if they didn¶t like any of the foods?
Would it have been better to write the question like this? What is your favourite food? Why is this better?
I also wanted to find out if they liked any of these drinks: Milk Coke Water Juice How could I write a question that finds out which, if any, of these drinks the pupils like?
I gave them this question: What is your favourite drink? These are the replies I got: 1 pupil said tea 7 pupils said lemonade 3 pupils said milkshake 2 pupils said coke 4 pupils said juice How could I have made the pupils talk only about milk, coke, water and juice?
Would it have been better to write the question like this? Which of these drinks do you like? Please tick. A ± Milk B ± Coke C ± Juice D ± Water E ± Other (Please name) What is better about this method?
When you are writing a survey, you have to be really clear about what you want your audience to tell you. Otherwise you may end up with useless information!
We are now going to write a survey of our own. The survey is to find out about how people travel. You must try to find out the following things: ± What kind of transport they use ± Why they use it ± What they look for in the ideal form of transport ± What problems they have with transport
You will now be put into groups. In your groups, fill in your worksheet with questions that would make your audience give you the information you need.
Plenary ± Share some of your questions with the class. What problems have you had when writing these questions? Try them out on each other. Can you make any improvements?