The Survey Questionnaire
1. State the reason for the questionnaire and explain how the information will be analyzed.
2. Objectivity is critical in maintaining the validity of a survey.
If the possible categories of responses can be anticipated, these should be offered
as alternatives to an objective questions. For example:
Do you have a systematic program for identifying gifted children in your
If yes, what means of identification do you use?
____ A. Group intelligence test
____ B. Individual intelligence test
____ C. Achievement battery
____ D. Aptitude battery
____ E. Teacher ratings
____ F. Other (specify) ____________
If no, how are students placed in a gifted program?
3. If you are unsure of possible alternatives to your yes or no answers, give an open-ended
survey to a small sample of individuals to gain possible answer alternative. For example:
How are students chosen for placement in your school’s gifted program?
(Then use these responses as your alternatives.)
4. Avoid questions that evoke predictable response biases and obscure objective information.
How do you rate your guidance program?
EXCELLENT GOOD AVERAGE POOR
5. The pool of individuals you select to participate in your survey must be a random sampling of
the population you are targeting. For example: 50% women, 50% men, 25% ages 20-30, 25%
ages 30-40, 25% ages 40-60, 25% ages 60-80.
If your sample pool is too skewed (i.e. you only ask 10 of your best friends who
are all in the same grade) your survey is not truly valid.
If you are unsure of who you should target, ask your mentor for guidance.
6. The most important part of your survey is the analysis of your responses. This is why you
must highly structure your survey and identify how you will use the survey in your
presentation. The results of your survey can be displayed as graph data or can be given
orally as percentages. For example:
Of those surveyed 93% admitted to using a systematic process for identifying students for
placement in gifted programs.
The means of identification most commonly used were:
10% Group intelligence test
45% Individual intelligence test
15% Achievement battery
10% Aptitude battery
15% Teacher ratings
50 Group Intelligence
30 Intelligence Test
5 Aptitude Battery