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 Form 1 Geography Online Lessons on Statistics

In this lesson we are going to learn about the methods of recording data including: Note taking, tallying, field mapping, sketching and tabulation

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Methods of Recording Data
-Methods off storing information to avoid losing it.
1. Note Taking
-Writing in a note book what is being observed, answers during interviews and then notes are compiled in school or office when writing report.
2. Filling in Questionnaires
-Filling answers in questionnaires which are responses from a respondent
by an interviewer or respondent himself which he/she then sends back.
3. Tallying
-Making 4 vertical or slanting strokes and the 5th across the 4 to record data obtained by counting or measuring similar items.
4. Tabulation
-Drawing of tables and filling in data systematically e.g. weather recording sheets.
5. Field Sketching -Summarizing information observed in the field by making a rough drawing of landscape and labelling the essential information.
6. Mapping/Drawing Maps
-Drawing of a rough map of an area of study and labelling in words or symbols accompanied by key.
7. Tape Recording
-Recording image of an object or landscape on a film which is processed to get a photograph then the photographs are labelled to avoid mix up during storage.
-Recording conversations during interviews on audio tapes using a tape recorder. Permission should be got from the respondent to record his/her responses. Advantages
• It’s used if responses are too many to be recorded on a note book.
• It allows smooth flow of discussion as asking respondents to repeat answers would irritate them.