Question Video: Recognize Whether a Scenario Involves Primary or Secondary Data Mathematics

A teacher asked their students to collect data on the effect of action video games on children from different websites on the Internet. What is the type of data collected?

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A teacher asked their students to collect data on the effect of action video games on children from different websites on the Internet. What is the type of data collected?

Let’s remember that there are two ways of categorizing data types, that is, primary and secondary data. Primary data is new information which is collected and organized by a researcher. Secondary data is public or existing information which is collected and organized by others. Because we’re told that the students are collecting information from websites, that’s a good indicator that this will be a secondary data source. If the students here are trying to understand the effect of action video games on children, then if it was a primary data source, they’d need to be asking fellow students or children questions themselves. However, because they’re using information which is collected and organized by other groups, then this will be secondary data.

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