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					                                     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
                     school?
                     YES____              NO____


                     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.
   For example:
                     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
             5%      Other



              50                                      Group Intelligence
              45                                      Test
              40
              35                                      Individual
              30                                      Intelligence Test
              25
              20                                      Achievement
              15                                      Battery
              10
               5                                      Aptitude Battery
               0
                                                      Teacher Ratings
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                                                      Other
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