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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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.

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.

From Acadia to Acadiana: Tracing the exile of the Acadians from Nova Scotia to Louisiana (1755-1785) part of Examples
Students will create 3D time lines using Bee DocsĀ© tracing the different branches of dispersal caused by the Great Deportation of the Acadians from Nova Scotia in 1755. The collection of time lines will be donated to the Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Explaining Seismic Hazard Probabilities part of Examples
This activity asks students to explain earthquake hazard probabilities to a lay audience of citizens, government officials and 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.

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.

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.

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.

An exploration of spring systems: Asking and answering quantitative questions part of Examples
Laboratory activity on springs and simple harmonic motion that encourages creative development of experiments and clear presentation of quantitative results in the form of a memo.

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.