Student Survey Report – 2016/2017
The student survey was a method of assessing and measuring the students’ opinions towards their learning environment. A questionnaire was used to assess the students’ opinions towards their learning environment and as a means to collect data from a large number of participants. Students from Years 2 – 11 gathered in an assembly and had the option to participate in the survey, or not. The survey was anonymous.
The research methods used were a blend of quantitative and qualitative research. The reasoning behind having a blend of both was to ensure that all basis of the learning environment were covered and that the students had the opportunity to highlight areas of strengths and improvements of their learning environment. The surveying team consisted of six members – members of administration, members of the teaching staff and a parental voice. Discussion was had regarding the wording of the questions, as is the case with any research, and the team agreed to use simplified English as the target audience was spread out over nine year groups and within that, a wide span of language levels. The team decided to use www.surveymonkey.com as our research tool. The reasoning was that real-time results and filtering was available. The research took place on the 5th December 2016.
Ethics and Data Protection
As the majority of participants are under the age of 16, the school emailed parents prior to the survey with informed consent. As the data was confidential and anonymous, the team predicted that there would not be issues regarding protection of views and opinions. In conclusion, there were no issues regarding this matter.
The results were gathered on the 5th December 2016. The results were assessed by the team on the same day and the following responses were highlighted as areas of interest for the team to review and act on:
Q2: Do you like the way your classroom look? – Sometimes
Q5: Does the level of noise stop you from doing your work? – Sometimes
Q6: Are the chairs and desks comfortable to work on? – Sometimes/No (Not the majority)
Q10: How do you find the internet connection in the school? – OK
Q24: Improvements – Longer lunches, LO in every class, chairs – science lab chairs, blinds
Overall, the interpretation of the results was positive and the results were shared with the participants during the following assembly (12th December 2016), whereby the results were collated anonymously and a selection of comments used to portray and highlight areas of discussion.
As statistical tests were designed to estimate the significance of the results and the probability that they did not occur by chance, the research team felt that it would be a necessary step to analyse the content of the qualitative data with focus groups. (Content analysis is a procedure for the categorisation of verbal data for the purposes of classification summarisation.)
Content analysis was conducted on two levels –
- Basic level: a descriptive account of the data i.e. this is what was said, but no comments or theories as to why or how
- Higher level of analysis: a more interpretive analysis that is concerned with the response as well as what may have been inferred or implied
Findings from Focus Groups
The findings from the focus groups are ongoing and will be added to this report once a conclusion is drawn.
It was concluded that the research had raised some areas of interest and discussion that, otherwise, may not have been addressed. As the focus groups are still ongoing, this document should be classed as a working document.