Assignment 5 was an exercise in survey development. I have made many surveys before, however, not to this detail or scrutiny. The original survey was created and shown to 8 individuals with an age range of early 20’s to mid-60’s. Here is the link to my original survey.
- Developing a survey for sensitive programs requires time, patience, and the proper wording. Questions with improper wording may offend or identify individuals in a program.
- Surveys that are sensitive in nature must be administered to a large enough population to alleviate the fear of being identified by particular questions (demographic).
Specific Findings/Modifications made
Page 1 (Introduction to Demographic Questions)
- Changed text from “These few questions will allow me to organize the data appropriately.” to “The following questions are needed to organize the data”. Reason: Better grammar and clear language.
- Added ‘Consultant’ and ‘Counselor’ to the list of choices Reason: The survey may be used beyond the confines of the school, or may be used at other schools. Also, Consultants play a key role in the Diverse Learning Teacher (DLT) program.
- Added periods to choices. Reason: grammar and consistency
- In the last response, I changed “attend” to “attend, work at….”. Reason: to allow the question to meet the requirements of people who both are involved with the school or the general community.
- No changes made.
- One person responded that this question, along with question 2 may identify an individual. I am considering adding an option “I prefer not to say” to the survey, but not at this point in time. If the survey is given to a large enough sample, then the issue of identity is null.
Page 2 (Position Profile)
- Changed text from “This section will gather data about your position within the school.” To “The following questions provide information about your position within the school”. Reason: clearer language
- “work/meet” changed to “work or meet” Reason: clear language
- In the selections, “couple” is changed to “2 to 3”. Reason: to be consistent within the survey.
- “How connected do you feel to…….?” Is changed to “How connected are you to the following people?” Reason: the word feel implies and weights the question towards emotional attachment. Although emotional attachment is a factor in this question, the revised wording clarifies the question.
- “Somewhat connected.” is changed to “Somewhat connected – we seldom work together. Reason: The other options have descriptors.
- Consultant and Counselor are added as choices. Reason: survey consistency.
- “SAP” changed to “Student Assessment Portfolio (SAP) – English Language Learners (ELL). Reason: Identify the acronym.
- “SRT” changed to “Student Resource Team (SRT)”. Reason: Identify the acronym
- Added choice “Report Cards”
- “Identify the level of support you need to complete the documents properly” changed to “Identify the level of support required to properly complete the following documents”. Reason: clear, concise language.
- Add the word “full” in front of “support” in the first column. Reason: clarification – it will help to narrow down responses.
- Adding “Student Resource Team (SRT)” and “Report Cards” to the list of documents. Reason: I missed these documents in the initial survey.
- Changed the end of the sentence from “……agencies have you attended meetings with?” to “………agencies have you met with this school year?”. Reason: clarification of language and to specify a particular time period – to focus responses.
- Changed any terms ending in ‘apy’ to ‘ist’. For example physiotherapy to physiotherapist. Reason: consistency in grammar with other terms in the list.
- Changed “The Welcome Centre” to “English Language Learner (ELL) Reception Centre”. Reason: updated and correct terminology.
- Added “High School Transition Meetings” Reason: this was identified by a respondent as an important addition.
- Added periods to “Somewhat familiar” and “Very familiar”. Reason: consistent punctuation.
- Changed the word “ideas” to “concepts”. Reason: more formal language and better terminology.
- Added the word “not” to the header in the second column. Reason: unclear header.
Question 10/11 (Similar question, just an alternate ending) – These changes are applied to both question.
- Change opening statement from “In regards to….” to “With regard to….”. Reason: improved grammar and clarity.
- Capitalized ‘n’ in “not-well supported”. Reason: improved grammar.
- Added “Consultant” and “ Counselor” to choices. Reason: consistency in the survey.
- Added a “N/A” column. Reason: It was pointed out by one of my respondents that not everyone will have an interaction with someone identified in these questions.
- Change opening statement from “What is your responsibility in the following?” to “Identify you level of responsibility to the following documents.” Reason: clarity and grammar.
- Changed the choices from acronyms to full terminology. Ex. “IPP” to “Individual Program Plans (IPP)”.
- Change question ending from “…….rank the support you need in your job” to “…..rank the support you need to improve your practice.” Reason: ‘job’ was too vague. I wanted to narrow down how teaching/learning can improve.
- Change question ending from “……following could better help you do your job with students.” to “….. following can help you do your job better”. Reason: unclear language.
- Change capitalization in selections. Reason: grammar (proper nouns, etc).
- Added “in the past year” to the end of the question. Reason: to narrow down the response time frame and get a concise answer.
- Changed the question from “How does Universal Design for Learning impact your instruction?” to “What does Universal Design for Learning mean to you?” Reason: this is a more general question to appeal to more respondents (other than just classroom teachers).
After taking the responses into consideration and making the appropriate changes, here is the new survey.