Designing a Questionnaire
Chaitanya Kalathuru & Sai Vegasena 3rd Period
Does grade level between freshmen and seniors affect problem solving skills?
Type of Investigation
Parts of the Experiment
Dependent: Number of questions correct on the questionnaire
Control Group: None
Experimental Group: The freshman and seniors that are being tested
Factors Held Constant: The questions are the same for both experimental groups and the gender of the subjects were the same for both experimental groups
Effect of Grade Level on Problem Solving Skills
Range Error Bars
2 SEM Error Bars
Sources of Inaccuracies/Errors
The data was conducted through a convenience sample which means that there could have been some bias because we asked people that were easy for us to reach instead of a random sample from the population. The basis of the experiment was that younger people would be more creative because they have had less time to create social boundaries and norms. The range between seniors and freshmen could have created a too small of margin for actual comparison of the young to the new. Four years time is actually a pretty slim margin relative to a human life. Stuck to this margin of grade level , it would have been difficult to study twelve to fourteen year old subjects because access to them would have been difficult. Another source of error could have been a result of the amount of brain teasers and problem questions that were given. Although four questions make the data easier to compare, having more questions would have provided a bigger range to observe potential trends. Also, other factors such as the amount of time the participants have and limited volunteering made it difficult to ask people to spend more than 5 minutes of their time doing the google survey and solving problems. The higher value for freshman was probably due to getting lucky and finding people with more experience solving problems and them having a slightly higher IQ. Divergent thinking and creative problem solving processes particular to specific individuals within the population who would be outliers in any other case also could have skewed the conclusion made about the general public.
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