Joseph Carroll

Colby-Sawyer College

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Calculating Divorce Rates part of National Numeracy Network:Teaching Resources:Quantitative Writing:Examples
Unreviewed Activity submitted in preparation for the NNN Writing with Numbers Workshop This assignment acquaints students with a variety of ways to calculate the likelihood of divorce. Often the mass media and other reports tend to report divorce statistics in less useful and occasionally useless ways. Students use Excel to calculate and observe trends in divorce rates for national data from 1900 - 2004. From the data, students discuss which of three rates is the best way to measure divorce and write a short 2-3 page paper on their selection and the usefulness of three media related articles that discuss divorce rates.

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