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Teacher's toolkit

Teaching students about survey, statistics and how they guide decision making

In 2014, a group of students from Westmount Charter School attended City Hall School during their unit on happiness and probability/statistics.

The City’s Corporate Research Team was invited to design a session on the annual Fall Survey of Calgarians (formerly know as the Citizen Satisfaction Survey), which measures Calgarians’ perceptions and satisfaction of quality of life, and programs and services at The City. It was through this session that this toolkit was developed. 

This exercise was a good way of showing students how surveys are used as a research technique and how the answers are used to guide decisions around the City services that students use each and every day. After learning about the Fall Survey of Calgarians and completing a student-friendly version, students have an opportunity to see how their perceptions rank against the general population.

In sessions with City Hall School students, this toolkit is used to teach statistics and probability, and about participating in local government.

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