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Purpose | AO | Indicators | Outcomes | Snapshot
Learning experiences | Cross curricular | Assessment | Spotlight
Encourage understanding of statistical reports in the media.
In a range of meaningful contexts, students will be engaged in thinking mathematically and statistically. They will solve problems and model situations that require them to:
Students will be able to:
Use class discussion to identify prior knowledge of statistical terms, such as:
Use a dataset to explore the statistical terms, for example, Time Use Survey.
The students in this example are studying a Stuff article about chocolate and health and a British Medical Journal report, which is referred to in the Stuff article.
The students work in small groups to discuss the statistical claims in the BMJ report.
Ask the students to answer critical questions (see below) to focus their discussion of the claims made in the report. (Pre-select the critical questions appropriate to the chosen report.)
Students working in pairs write a summary paragraph evaluating the statistical claims made by the report, and report back to the whole class.
You may wish to adapt the reporting template below. (Look first at the report being studied to decide which aspects of the template are appropriate.)
The class discusses the pair reports and develops a whole-class response (an evaluation exemplar).
Title: | |
Source(s): | |
Summary: (A one-paragraph summary of the statistically based report that identifies its purpose and the population of interest.) | |
Purpose: | |
Description of measures and representation of variables: | Evaluation |
Description of sampling method(s): | Evaluation |
Description of survey method(s): | Evaluation |
Description of sampling and possible non-sampling errors: | Evaluation |
Description of the sample size: | Evaluation |
Overall evaluation of the effectiveness of the statistically based report. |
Choose other reports related to chocolate (see examples below) or choose another engaging context and find reports related to it.
Newspaper and magazine articles on topics of interest often refer to or summarise statistical reports. The articles are usually insufficiently detailed for level 7, but the report(s) from which they are derived will normally be appropriate.
Statistical report “Chocolate consumption and cardiometabolic disorders: systematic review and meta-analysis” in the British Medical Journal (BMJ 2011; 343: d4488) suggesting that chocolate may be good for heart health.
Media articles related to this statistical report:
Analysis of the report by British National Health Services:
Statistical report “Chocolate Consumption and Risk of Stroke in Women” (PDF 428KB) (2011) in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (vol. 58 no. 17).
Media article related to this statistical report:
International Cocoa Organisation constantly follows and analyses the world cocoa market. Read the section The World Cocoa Market and write a brief article summarising the information on this website.
This teaching and learning activity could lead towards assessment in the following achievement standard:
Students will be encouraged to value:
Last updated August 10, 2015