The aim of this activity is to provide students with an overview of survey design and execution. Students benefit as they learn question design and sequencing, the ethics involved in administering a survey, and survey analysis.
Using the Active learning approach of Case Studies, this activity takes place over the course of 2 months and informs their work on a final project where they have to use their knowledge about research design and specific methods (interview, survey etc…) in order to prepare a group research proposal. History of and current research ethics procedures are presented in class in advance of the survey.
Students are shown how to design questions through an example of a faulty survey. Students then design 1-2 questions and the instructor uses them to make a survey of under 20 questions. This draft survey is reviewed as a class and questions or feedback from students considered before the final document is posted. Each student collects data from 5 people (typically other students on campus) and as a class they discuss trends and analyze the process and possible problems with their survey design.
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