Data and information literacy
In this short film for teachers Rhys ap William talks about the importance of data literacy, which is the ability to read, understand, create and communicate data as information.
Digital tools can be very useful when capturing data. Tools such as online questionnaire forms allow us to capture information more quickly and from more people than asking questions face-to-face.
However, the accuracy of the data is dependent on the answers given and these are only as good as the questions asked.
Multiple choice questions are a good idea but students should avoid any leading questions and only tackle one subject per question to avoid any confusion in the answers. Answers for multiple choice questions should be in a random order so that the same box is not habitually ticked.
Students need to consider how best to distribute the questionnaire to their target audience. Emails and closed social media groups work well and are direct. Some questionnaire software automatically enters the information into a spreadsheet which is helpful and saves time.
Using frequency tables and filters in spreadsheets can help identify trends within the data.