Do surveys benefit the surveyed or the surveyors?

This lesson sequence for Year 9 students was written by Nik Caldwell from Higham Lane School in Nuneaton.

Overall enquiry question

Do surveys benefit the surveyed or the surveyors?

Learning objectives

  • identify the ways in which data and information is collected and collated
  • assess the impact the collection of surveys would have on the respondents and how the process may impact on their answers
  • ascertain what the intended purpose of this collection and collation is/was
  • demonstrate both the need and inevitability of the government collection of data
  • question the amount of data the government has at its disposal
  • consider if the government ‘knows too much’ in today’s society
  • judge who benefits from surveys being conducted


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