Good survey questions

Students can find it difficult to write survey questions that will result in reliable and credible data.

Teachers can help students by:

  • providing multiple opportunities for students to explore questions written for surveys
  • discussing the type of data different questions generate
  • discussing if the data generated from the questions provide the information necessary to answer the questions
  • providing opportunities for them to write survey questions
    (they can trial questions in a pilot survey to determine if the data generated are useful in answering the purpose of the survey)
  • discussing the various types of questions to avoid. The SurveyMonkey website lists some tips for effective and relevant questions.

Curriculum links

Year 8: Explore the practicalities and implications of obtaining data through sampling using a variety of investigative processes

Year 8: Investigate techniques for collecting data, including census, sampling and observation