I was very impressed with how they carried out their projects. It was fun for me, as a teacher, to watch them grapple with results that didn't necessarily match their hypotheses.
I can't wait to hang these up in the hall. I'm hoping they will help spark other students' interests regarding statistics.
This first project explored the impact of anonymity when asking high school students if they had ever smoked a cigarette.
|Have You Smoked? Project Poster|
|Have You Smoked? Hypothesis|
|Example of Anonymous Survey Sheet|
|Survey Results - Anonymous|
|Example of Not Anonymous Survey Sheet|
|Survey Results - Not Anonymous|
Another student explored the question, "Does adding a fact affect the answer?" We had to have a discussion on the difference between affect and effect. I used a silly sentence I learned years ago to illustrate the difference: "The arrow affected the aardvark. The effect was eye-popping."
This student surveyed people about how many hours they spend on their cell phones each day. Some students were given a survey sheet that only featured the question. Other students were given a sheet that had a fact regarding the potential dangers of cell phones before the question.
|Does Adding A Fact Affect The Answer?|
|The Two Survey Sheets|
|Results from Survey With Fact|
|Results from Survey Without Fact|
|Does anonymity change the response to sensitive questions?|