To answer this, I asked our high school stats teacher, Mr. Martinson, to provide some examples as to what makes a valid question. In his course work, students are instructed to always collect valid data and analyze it. He sheds some light on specific examples that could be included on a survey.
- Questions should be neutral, meaning they don't encourage a particular response.
Neutral: How does today's lesson compare to yesterday"s?
Leading: Didn't you like today's lesson better than yesterday"s?
Neutral: How does the use of technology affect your learning?
Leading: Many students feel technology helps them engage in their learning. How do you feel about technology?
- Avoid terms all students may not understand.
example: use the terms tests, quizzes, instead of formal assessment.
- Questions should have as many good options as bad options.
example: strongly disagree,disagree,agree, strongly agree
- People will often pick the middle if given an odd number of option (if providing an even number of options you can avoid this)
- Make sure every possible response has a place and that options are
mutually exclusive (response should fall in one category, not more than one)