This is an awesome project that I do with my advanced 7th graders. For this project students will research the public opinion about a topic that interests them, by conducting a survey. Their project can be related to sports, music, school, movies, food, after school activities, clothes, occupations/careers, colleges/universities, etc
Includes a grading rubric.
Instructions For Students:
Part A: Planning:
- Decide on a topic you would like to focus on during this project.
Determine your population and sample and the size of both.
Decide what sampling method you will use and describe how you will conduct the survey in detail.
Develop two questions for your survey. One question should be a qualitative question and one question should be a quantitative question. Your qualitative question must be multiple-choice to limit the number of answers you will get. The two questions should be related to each other.
You will be creating a two-way table, so will need two variables that can be compared. This means that you need to ask the for some demographic information in your survey as well such as: age, gender, grade-level, etc. The demographic information is in addition to your two questions so that you can have two values to compare for your two-way table.
Part B: Collecting Data:
Create your survey. The survey should be confidential.
Distribute your survey to all members of your sample be sure to use the same sampling method you described during your planning phase.
Collect data using the plan you decided on in part A.
Part C: Displaying Data (each included in final presentation):
You will use tables and graphs to display the results of your survey.
Calculate the mean, median, mode, range, and mean-absolute-deviation of the answers given for your quantitative question.
Your quantitative data should be displayed using a box-and-whisker plot, dot-plot and table
Your qualitative data should be displayed using a circle graph.
Your two-way table will compare two variables and all total quantities should be included in your table.
Part D: Analyze Your Data (included in final presentation):
Use the data you collected to make at least two inferences about your population. Be specific and explain how you made your calculations.
Write a paragraph describing how you ensured that your sample was random, unbiased, and represented the population.
Write a paragraph summarizing your findings. Include a summary of your measures of center and measures of variation. Does your mean or median better represent your data, or does it not matter? (refer to your rubric)
Part E: Present Your Data:
Create a visual presentation to display your data. This can be done as a pamphlet or booklet. (refer to your rubric)
Present your project to the class.