Level 3-4 Data Handling - Getting Started
A suitable question for a survey to find out the favourite sport of 12-year-old boys would be 'Which sport do you like best?'.

Level 3-4 Data Handling - Getting Started

Data handling is becoming a necessary skill in many professions. That's why it forms an important part of KS3 Maths. We have four quizzes on data handling for you. When you're first getting started with the subject it might seem a little tricky but this quiz will take you through the basics.

The skills of collecting, recording and interpreting data are becoming more important. They're needed for so many things - advertising, politics, science... the list goes on. But what exactly is data? How can we collect it? Once we have data, how can we interpret and represent it? What are some of the terms used in data handling? How can we sort out good information from useless? So many questions. But don't worry - this quiz will answer them all.

After you've answered each question you'll notice that a helpful comment appears. These can be very useful, especially if you've got a question wrong. They can explain why the correct answer is right which will help you to understand the subject better. Take your time and good luck!

What is data?
The other answers may be types of data but this question needs a general answer
Which of these is not a type of data which might be recorded by a school about a Year 10 pupil?
GCSE options
SATs results
VAT registration number
It is unlikely that a Year 10 pupil will be registered for VAT but anyway this information is irrelevant to his/her education
Data is often gathered by carrying out a .......
Surveys are very similar to questionnaires. They ask people questions in order to gather information about them
Data which can be counted is called .......
Discrete data represents things that can be counted, like the number of people whose favourite colour is red. Discrete data will be in whole numbers. You can't have half a person!
In a survey asking boys about their favourite sports, the most important data is .......
If there is no quantity or number involved you must be dealing with a quality. This is almost always true if the question includes the word 'favourite'
Which of these questions is suitable for a survey to find out the favourite sport of 12-year-old boys?
Do you like rugby?
Which sport do you like best?
Do you like cricket better than tennis?
Which football team do you support?
The other answers all suggest a particular sport. Questions should be simple, fair and to the point
Of the following, where would be the best place to carry out the favourite sport survey?
A girls' school
A mixed secondary school
A rugby club
A Sixth Form College
Remember, the survey is aimed at 12-year-old boys
In the favourite sports survey, how should the boys be asked to answer the question, 'Which sport do you like best'?
Give them a list of sports to choose from
Ask them to tick Yes or No
Ask them to explain why they like the chosen sport
Show them a picture of a football team
The list should include the most likely sports and an empty box for 'other' responses
What is the best way to record the results of the favourite sport survey?
Put them in alphabetical order
Sort them into age groups
Use a tally chart
Draw a line graph
A tally chart is a quick and easy way to count the responses in different categories
The number of boys choosing any one sport in the survey is called its .......
Frequency = how often something occurs
You can find more about this topic by visiting BBC Bitesize - Handling data

Author:  Frank Evans

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