Surveying is a tool used to collect opinions or knowledge from a specific group. Students or teachers use surveys to get input and collect viewpoints of others.

When to use

this strategy:

· To collect data

· To change a process

· To get the opinion of stakeholders



· Have students survey the class after reading several books by the same author to determine which is their favorite.

· Survey the class’ comfort level on a new topic introduced.

· Survey the next grade level to determine what skills will be needed to be ready for the next grade.


What does

it look like?

Surveys do not have a specific format. Typically they consist of a series of questions and possible answer choices.

How to use

this strategy:

Surveying is an easy tool for students to generate and use. Students begin by selecting the topic of research. Next, students generate the questions that will be used to gather the data. Students then conduct the survey. Once the data is collected, students make sense of the information and report their findings to the class.