To what extent are different age groups aware of the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Award?
How did people find out about the award if they were aware of it?
What suggestions do members of these age groups have for publicising and/or raising awareness of the award further?
My research methodology
To answer my research questions I decided to develop a questionnaire that could be given to young people and adults in my school.
I sampled 20 people (10 males and 10 females) from 8 age groups giving me a total sample of 160 people. This sample included twenty teachers and other adults.
For ethical reasons the questionnaire was anonymous. I was also careful to brief everyone I approached about the purpose of the research and what use I would be making of the data so that they could give me their informed consent to participate.
I gave out the questionnaires during lunch breaks and form periods and made sure that I had exactly 10 males and 10 females in each age group.
There were 11 questions in total.
I piloted the questionnaire to make sure that none of the questions were biased or ambiguous.
The first two questions asked for factual information (age and gender).
I used a mixture of structured and semi-structured questions that would give me both quantitative and qualitative data.
There were 3 multiple choice questions, 4 Yes/No questions and 2 open-ended questions that asked people for their ideas about how awareness of the award could be raised.
Levels of awareness of the Award in different age groups
Awareness of the Award
This data shows that only the 16-17 year-old age group and 18+ (adult) age group were fully or considerably aware of the award.
It also shows that 12-13 year-olds and 18 year-olds are least aware of the award.
Overall, 81 (51%) of people in my sample of 160 were not aware of the award at all.
Gender differences Unlike James’ findings there were no real differences in awareness between males and females even in the Yr. 10 group.