Curricular Resources for Gathering Evidence
1) piloting the survey
2) using research for change
3) administering the survey
4) developing indicators and questions
5) gathering and synthesizing diverse survey data
6) research methods round robin
6) survey creation
7) writing questions
Example 1: 7th Grade Anti-bullying Campaign
Collecting original data (such as through surveys, interviews, observations) helps students gain insight into the scope of problem, develop an understanding of the current policies affecting the problem, and/or identify the kinds of solutions that relevant stakeholders (students, teachers, families) would like to see. In Ms. A’s case, throughout the year her 7th grade class collected data on bullying in their school by using interviews, surveys, and observations. They looked for broad themes across their data and compared those themes across the different responses on the surveys and interviews with their observations.
Example 2: Tuition Equity for Undocumented Students
At the time of their Action Civics project, the Colorado legislature was debating a measure that would make tuition for undocumented students more affordable. Students read news articles on the developments in the legislature. Mr. G’s students then collected original data. They interviewed school peers, family, and community members. They also reviewed statistics about the cost of college across the country and researched models for policies addressing college affordability for undocumented students information.