# Scientific Questionnaire Lab

## Hypothesis

If 15 girls and 15 boys are asked how many books they read over the summer break, then the girls would've read more books than boys.

## Type of Investigation

Comparative Investigation (Boys vs. Girls)

## Parts of the Experiment

Independent Variable: Gender

Dependent Variable: Number of Books Read

Control: N/A

Constant: Age (sophomores), the time frame (course of three months)

## Analysis

Loveless, Tom. "Girls, Boys, and Reading." The Brookings Institution. Brookings Edu, 24 Mar. 2015. Web. 07 Sept. 2015.

Martin, Jennifer. Designing a Scientific Questionnaire. N.p.: n.p., n.d. PDF.

Mcfann, Jane. "Boys and Books." Reading Rockets. WETA, Aug. 2004. Web. 07 Sept. 2015.

Weiner, Eric. "Why Women Read More Than Men." NPR. NPR, 05 Sept. 2007. Web. 07 Sept. 2015.

## Conclusion

The hypothesis was supported, and the purpose of the questionnaire was achieved. Over the summer vacation, sophomore girls did read more books than sophomore boys, as seen through the data collected.

## Sources of Inaccuracies/Errors

There were a few sources of error in the experiment. The first noticeable error was due to the personality of the subject, and seeing if they enjoyed reading more or less than others. This proving that they would have a higher chance of reading more or less books over the
summer vacation. The second error was the way the subject had spent their summer vacation. If they spent majority of the vacation outside of their home, then there was a higher chance that they would not read as much over the break, and vice versa for those who stayed home. Lastly, the length of the book could vary throughout the subjects. In the questionnaire, it was never mentioned how long the book should be, so a book that the subject could've counted could vary from a picture book to a textbook, this showing that one who read a textbook throughout the summer could read a total of one book, whilst someone who read a book with fewer pages could've read ten.

## Bibliography

Loveless, Tom. "Girls, Boys, and Reading." The Brookings Institution. Brookings Edu, 24 Mar. 2015. Web. 07 Sept. 2015.

Martin, Jennifer. Designing a Scientific Questionnaire. N.p.: n.p., n.d. PDF.

Mcfann, Jane. "Boys and Books." Reading Rockets. WETA, Aug. 2004. Web. 07 Sept. 2015.

Weiner, Eric. "Why Women Read More Than Men." NPR. NPR, 05 Sept. 2007. Web. 07 Sept. 2015.