P3-06: A Whale of a Tale: Explorations of Bias in Surveys on Marine Life

By Brianna Kurtz & Sarah Smith (Crooms Academy of Information Technology)


In a cross-curricular effort, students in AP Statistics at a public high school in the Southeastern United States created surveys to determine public opinion on human safety in the presence of sharks and whales. Groups of students were additionally given an organization that was "sponsoring" their survey and thus explored bias associated with wording and design. After students collected data and analyzed descriptive statistics, the results from the various surveys were turned over the Marine Science students at the same high school for further analysis of youth opinion in conjunction with their marine mammal unit. These results were compared to those from similarly themed surveys publicly available from 18+ respondents.