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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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Graphically Presenting Quantitative Relationships: Elements of Effective Posters part of Examples
This workshop involves students in evaluating the efficacy of posters as a communication tool, focusing on elements of clarity in poster and graphic design.

The Role of Audience in Quantitative Writing part of Examples
This workshop entails the reading of a highly quantitative article, summarizing it for a different audience, and reflecting upon what choices and opportunities audience presents for quantitative writers.

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.

Goldenrod Gall Flies: Writing a Lab Report in the Form of a Scientific Paper part of Examples
Students collect protein electrophoresis data comparing goldenrod gall flies, analyze class data, and write a lab report in the format of a scientific paper.

Writing about Numbers We Should Know part of Examples
This opening assignment for an introductory quantitative reasoning course asks students to write about "Numbers We Should Know." Its goal is to help students begin to think quantitatively, evaluate the sources of quantitative information critically, and write using numbers precisely and thoughtfully.

Exploring Economic Inequality with Data part of Examples
This set of assignments exposes students to data which can be used to analyze economic inequality in international and historical context. Then students are asked to generate a thesis-driven argument drawing supporting evidence from one or more of the data sources.

Learning About Racial Demography Using the US Census part of Examples
The purpose of this activity is to give students the opportunity to learn how the US Census categorizes race and analyze racialized descriptive statistics. They will get a chance to digest the material in the Census reports, and teach it to others.

Shifting Attitudes on the Second Shift: A Statistical Analysis of Women and Work part of Examples
(How) have public attitudes about work and gender changed over the last 25 years? Using the General Social Survey (available online) students will conduct a descriptive statistical analysis of Americans perceptions about women and work from 1988. They will then contextualize their findings within the contemporary literature about these issues.

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.