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Technology student surveys - your input, please. Answered

Some of my GCSE students need online feedback on the theme of "storage".

Each link is a separate student's survey, and not all surveys are applicable to all demographic groups.

I would consider it a favour if members here could respond to whichever surveys they can, preferably within the next few days, and add any (constructive) feedback in the comments here for me to pass on to them.

I may be adding further survey links, if more students get the surveys written by the deadline.

Student TH: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/C55FHJK

Student CL: http://www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/story.php?title=questionnaire_36

Student OM: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CHWP3LL

Many thanks.



As I don't have kids, I couldn't - in all conscience - do the first, since it demanded to know the age of my child. Whilst understandable if that particular student is looking to 'pitch' a design at a particular age group, this way it just relied on me screening myself out without any explanation (apart from this).

I found the second survey the best - though I don't see that I should have had to enter my full name )mind you, I didn't try to complete it without doing so, so don't know if I did, indeed, HAVE to). It gave me the most information within itself, and I liked the idea of the 'no if you said varnish' answer. It would have helped if there had been images or a little more detail of the student's idea of 'Traditional' and 'contemporary', etc., but I suspect the student didn't have time for that.

The final survey I found too dictatorial - a trait, I think, of the surveymonkey system (I take a lot of surveys, and theirs just seem to be set up that way).

It would have been nice to actually be thanked by the survey creator(s) rather than just receiving surveymonkey's standard thanks (and invite to create my own survey).

A lead-in paragraph explaining what each survey was about would have been friendlier.

And some proof-reading wouldn't have gone amiss ("chest of draws" mentioned by steveastrouk, below, the increasingly-common "to many books" instead of "too many books", and the lower-case 'i' either where it ought to be upper case, or mixing both in the same sentence, for examples).

for some reason the surveymonkey links didn't work for me.
the one that did work said a book shelf for storing books.
I was thinking of shelves to store my components.

Cor, that's dumb isn't it ? So you can't refine the questions after a bit of field testing like this, you have to start again ?

It makes sense - it stops cheeky authors editing questions to make responders look silly.

chest of draws ?

English Language fail.

Unfortunately, once the survey is saved, it cannot be edited.

My two pence: I think you should knock together a class on how to construct surveys so they will yield meaningful data. It seems you would get more out of the exercise if it came across that the surveyor needed data because he was trying to market a product, design a new product, or was looking to improve an existing product. The questions are pretty wide open ended and would only indicate a general spectrum of public preferences with nothing really specific. But again, that might be the purpose of doing those surveys to point that out. Btw, there is a typo that needs to be corrected in one of them.

Thanks for that. This is our first run through on a new course.

Another thread to illustrate my point, I don't think kids are asking the right questions because they aren't exposed to the critical-scientific method-creative designer thought process if there is such a thing.  And once they know what that is, how to express themselves. 

Yes, I think we're relying on cross-curricular application of skills from other subjects, but the class haven't realised that those skills actually are cross-curricular.

The conclusion is obvious...