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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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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.

Examining Prosocial Behavior Quantitatively: An Activity for Introductory Psychology Students part of Examples
For this psychology project, students in small groups will design and execute a study on helping behavior and then analyze and interpret the results.

American Politics Group Data Projects part of Examples
SETUPS (Empirical Teaching Unites in Political Science) data, published by the American Political Science Association, will be employed in group data analysis projects in an American Government class. Students then use results from these reports in composing an essay question on the course's final exam.

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

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.

Introduction to the Ethnographic Atlas part of Examples
Introduction to the Ethnographic Atlas and the integration of quantitative and qualitative data analysis through the use of cross-cultural cross-tabulations.

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.

Economic Development of British Colonial America part of Examples
Through a close study of a rich set of demographic and economic statistics, students will see the development over 150 years of two similar yet divergent colonies (Virginia and Barbados). They will work through population, land use, and trade statistics with closely-guiding questions in order to find links between one set of numbers and another.

Comparing Journalistic Reports to Primary Sources of Research part of Examples
A set of three short writing assignments were designed to encourage students to think critically about the way that scientific research is reported by the popular media and the reasons that research may or may not be reported in a way that could be construed as misleading.

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