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This collection of activities from Carleton College faculty is a subset of the larger set of examples available through the National Numeracy Network.



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Introducing Introductory Psychology Students to Quantitative Analysis part of Examples
An assignment that involves introductory psychology students in the analysis a data set on personality traits and their relationship to measures of happiness and well-being.

Do Quantitative Indicators Make Qualitative Meaning?: Analysis of World Development Indicators, Human Development Indicators, and Happy Planet Indicators part of Examples
The following urls contains relevant materials for this assignment: http://www.happyplanetindex.org/public-data/files/happy-planet-index-2-0.pdf http://go.worldbank.org/UWABM2F1J0 http://hdr.undp.org/en/media/HDI_methodology.pdf

A Quantitative Analysis of Pausanias' Testimony on Athletic Statues at Olympia part of Examples
Students read an ancient account of the statues of athletes at Olympia and extract from it a set of data presented in a spreadsheet. After analyzing the data using tables, graphs, and maps, the students use quantitative reasoning combined with qualitative arguments to write a paper about how Pausanias' account of the statues reflects both his own biases and the cultural norms of ancient Greek athletics.

Quantitative Review of a Political Science Documentary/Movie part of Examples
This assignment is designed to introduce quantitative reasoning and critical thinking in viewing documentary videos on the issues of development. Students will write a review essay about one of three designated documentaries for the course.

Assessing the Measurement and Validity of Ambiguous Concepts in Ethnic Conflict Datasets part of Examples
This assignment introduces students to commonly used datasets in ethnic conflict studies. It also encourages them to think critically about data quality and measurement challenges when using large datasets.

Building an Electoral Dataset and Testing Hypotheses with the Data part of Examples
Undergraduate student project for building datasets and analyzing the electoral, party system, and mass behavioral characteristics for a set of countries.

The Logic of Congressional Elections part of Examples
A variety of quantitative approaches to Congressional elections in which students learn the causes of electoral outcomes, the predictability of those outcomes, and intervening variables that produce unexpected outcomes.

Quantitative Review of an Article part of Examples
Students will read an academic article critically and write a review of the article.

Comparison of GDP and the Human Development Index (HDI). part of Examples
This assignment exposes students to data on economic growth anddevelopment as commonly measured by per capita GDP and the HumanDevelopment Index (HDI) for 100 countries of the world. There is a bigdebate about how good an indicator HDI is compared to GDP per capita asa measure of development.

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