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Data handling, graphs and charts

Created on 30 April 2015 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 11 May 2015 by ncetm_administrator

Data handling, graphs and charts

A selection of resources.

Click on the title of the resource to expand the section for a description. Clicking on the green button within the description will take you to the resource. A summary of the topics covered is included in the blue box within the description.

Numeracy Refresher (National STEM Centre)

This numeracy refresher resource, by mathscentre was developed and trialled by staff of the University of Birmingham Careers Centre and subsequently used widely throughout the HE Sector. There are sections which review decimals, fractions, averages, percentages and ratios, making it a useful resource for Key Stage Three upwards.

Topics: Averages

Resources and CPD for those working with students resitting GCSE Mathematics - Statistics (NCETM)

This is a link to NCETM Resources and CPD for those working with students resitting GCSE Mathematics is a NCETM Essentials package which has a wealth of resources for teachers working with Level 2 students on many aspects of statistics.

Topics: Averages, correlation and scatter diagrams, data collection, interpreting diagrams and line graphs, misleading statistics, stem and leaf diagrams, time series, moving averages.

Level 2 Data Handling - Pay rates for men and women (Nuffield Foundation)

This resource is from a collection of activities aimed at level 2 FSMQ. You may need to scroll down the page a little to find the work called "pay rates for men and women" the resource includes teachers notes, students sheets, an excel spreadsheet and a powerpoint. This is a nice introduction to using cumulative frequency to compare sets of data.

Topics: Cumulative frequency, using median and quartiles to compare data.

Departmental Workshops - Handling Data (NCETM)

This is a link to a set of departmental workshops from NCETM on handling data.The full range of workshops can be viewed by clicking on departmental workshops in the list on the right of the screen

Topics: Data collection, relative frequency, statistical data, stem and leaf diagrams

Descriptive Statistics (National STEM Centre)

This is an interesting pack of activities with a set of accompanying spreadsheets. The pack covers; mean and standard deviation, mean and median, standard deviation and interquartile range, boxplots and finally histograms.

Topics: Descriptive Statistics

Making Sense of Data: 16-19 core skills resource pack (National STEM Centre)

This pack contains 9 mini courses with teachers’ notes and students resources covering a whole range of data related issues, all set in real world context.

Topics: Making sense of data : 1 Looking at data -the way we live, 2 Picturing data - risks, 3 Trends - Population changes, 4 Batches - facts about food, 5 Scatterplots - health and growth, 6 Tables and counts - things people think, 7 Taking out effects - smokers, 8 planning an investigation - newspapers, 9 Choosing an analysis - records from the past

Outliers (Math is Fun)

The section from Maths is Fun looks at the how outliers affect the mean. It falls short of explaining how to identify an outlier.

Topics: Outliers

Graphical Interpretation (National STEM Centre)

This is a great resource which simulates planning a response to a hurricane. The students plot the course of the hurricane, interpret graphs on its speed and plot graphs on flooding.

Topics: Plotting and interpreting real life graphs and data

Scatter Plots (Math is Fun)

This webpage provides an introduction to scatter diagrams and correlation. There is a link to learn more about correlation which leads to a page which covers positive and negative correlation in more depth, going beyond GCSE by introducing methods of calculating a coefficient, using spreadsheet functions to do this. The linked page deals with correlation and causation, and also curves.

Topics: Scatter diagrams, correlation and causation.

Handling Data (National STEM Centre)

topic and the key issues that will be covered, as well as highlighting some common misconceptions. Worked examples are provided to support learning and these are followed by focused exercises to practice skills. Activities to reinforce learning and offer extension opportunities are also supplied, as are topic related tests.

Topics include in part A:

  • Tables and Timetables
  • Pictograms and Bar Charts
  • Pie Charts
  • Line Graphs
  • Frequency Graphs
  • Mean, Median, Mode and Range
  • Finding the Mean from Tables and Tally Charts
  • Calculations with the Mean
  • Mean, Median and Mode for Grouped Data

and in part B:

  • Misuse of Statistics
  • Stem and Leaf Plots
  • Averages
  • Correlation

Topics: Tables and Timetables, Pictograms and Bar Charts, Pie Charts, Line Graphs, Frequency Graphs, Mean, Median, Mode and Range, Finding the Mean from Tables and Tally Charts, Calculations with the Mean, Mean, Median and Mode for Grouped Data, Misuse of Statistics, Stem and Leaf Plots, Averages, Correlation


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