Grade 8 Data Management: Designing and Analysing a Survey
Data Management Strategy Wall
This is what our data mangement strategy wall looks like now, at the end of our unit. A lot of the resources we co-created were done in Excel using Microsoft Office Online. I would have printed more off and put them on the wall, but most of our wall space right now is being used for French or another math strand.
Curriculum Expectations and Student Reformulation
At the beginning of the chapter, we looked at the curriculum expectations, and the students reformulated the expectations in their own words.
Introduction to Data Management: Barr Homeroom
Here is the first example of a quick, in-class survey that we did in the Barr homeroom. In the first survey, we realized that if we offer people too many choices in a survey, it can be difficult to get useful results.
After completing this activity together, we divided the class up into four groups, and each group proposed a hypothesis they would like to study, and some questions they could use to test their hypothesis.
Barr - Group 1
Barr - Group 2
Barr - Group 3
Barr - Group 4
Introduction to Data Management: Kelley Homeroom
This is a similar example to the last one, but this time with the Kelley homeroom. We divided into four groups again, and each group proposed a hypothesis and some questions that would help test the hypothesis.
Kelley - Group 1
Kelley - Group 2
Kelley - Group 3
Kelley - Group 4
Draft Survey Questions
Once we had all the questions finished, we compiled them into one big survey. We did this survey ourselves, for troubleshooting purposes. We realized that some questions were biased, others were vague and yet others didn't account for all the possible answers students could give.
We weren't always able to find a solution to every problem. For example, should we ask if students need, have or wear glasses? Each of those questions is slightly different, and can influence results. We said that we need to make questions as clear as possible, and remember to add our thoughts to the final analysis.
Final Survey Results
Here are the final survey questions and results. We were able to do almost the entire school (455 students out of about 480). We used these results during the final evaluation.
Here is the final evaluation. We didn't put in every success criteria, but I reserved the right to write questions on the page in response to student work, and allow students the chance to continue to work after. Below, there are two examples of survey analyses we did in class (though they are missing the conversation we had while doing the analyses).