Methods of Sampling

This is a simple activity that asks students to review and summarise the key features, advantages and disadvantages of various sampling methods.

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Overview of task

This is a simple activity that asks students to review and summarise the key features, advantages and disadvantages of various sampling methods.

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Strand(s):

Statistics

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Prior knowledge

Students will need some experience of the various sampling methods discussed. This could be gained through their GCSE studies, or a prior Core Maths lesson.

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Relevance to Core Maths qualifications

  • AQA
  • City & Guilds
  • Eduqas
  • Pearson/ Edexcel
  • OCR

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Suggested approaches

§  This activity could be used as a lesson starter – or perhaps as a plenary task at the end of a session.

§  This activity is suitable for work in pairs or small groups. Students can discuss the features, advantages and disadvantages of the different methods and record the key points of their discussion on the worksheet supplied.

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Resources/documentation

In addition to these teacher notes, the following resources are supplied:

§  Blank worksheets to be filled in following student discussion

§  An example set of notes for three of the sampling methods

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Relevant digital technologies

Students may wish to use the internet to research the required information.

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Possible extensions

This could be used as an introduction to a piece of statistical project work.

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Acknowledgement

This activity was developed by the Mathematics department at The Duston School, Northamptonshire.