Call for shock tactics to get message through

This article highlights some of the difficulties associated with carrying out and reporting surveys. The report presents the responses of 6 students who were questioned at the Hobart Aquatic Centre. There is no other description of "the survey" referred to by Dr. Walters, hence we are left with the view that it consisted of a reporter going to the Hobart Aquatic Centre and questioning the first six bathers she found. The survey suffers two obvious faults, related to sample size and method of selection. This is a good place to start in asking students how they would design a study to find out young people's views on sun-baking in Tasmania. How many would they ask? Where would they find the people? What age range would they cover and how?

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