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.

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.

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.

Cultural Reading of movies in an advanced culture class in French part of Examples
Students analyze the cultural relevance of various French films with the help of statistical data.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.