Examples

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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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.

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.

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.

Counting Grizzly Bears: An Exercise in Historical Reasoning part of Examples
This assignment engages students in an environmental history class in the use of quantitative data, and raises questions about the nature and meaning of that data, and how it might be utilized.

Exploring an Architectural Remodel part of Examples
An assignment that requires students to explore a remodeled architectural site, to update the original blueprints with accurate new plans based on their own measurements, and to propose viable possibilities for future reuses of the structure.

Utilizing Numbers in Reading and Writing about Socially-Conscious Literature part of Examples
This activity introduces the students to the usefulness of quantitative material in studying and writing about socially-conscious literature.

Interrogating the Colonial Census in India part of Examples
This assignment, divided into two parts, asks students to consider the decennial census as both a tool of modern (colonial) governance and a source of historical data.

GSS based data analysis part of Examples
Students will write and present a paper which consists of a review of literature and an empirical/statistical test of the relation between specific variables in the field of social stratification.

Political Psychology - Public Political Attitudes Assignment part of Examples
Students were asked to compare their estimates of public opinion on several current issues to the actual values obtained through the analysis of National Surveys. The objective was to explore a common social attribution error and to acquire familiarity with data sources and on-line analysis tools.

Placing a Community: Demographic Contexts part of Examples
This assignment asks students to examine several recent U.S. census tables about Hispanics and educational attainment and write a brief report that details the conclusions they reach.