Making Sense of Data: Nuffield Exploratory Data Skills Project

This collection of resources from Nuffield are designed to improve the ability of students to analyse and present data, ask questions about and find meaning in data and discuss critically the interpretation of data. 'Exploratory Data Analysis' emphasises getting to know the data, analysing and finding meaning, simple pencil and paper techniques and the use of visual presentation.

There are three types of material: reference sheets present the concepts and techniques of data analysis, mini-courses develop these ideas in one particular context and topic resources to indicate how these ideas can be used in other subject areas.

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Mini-course 1: Looking at Data - the Way We Live

This mini-course from the Nuffield Exploratory Data Skills Project: Making Sense of Data is an introduction to collecting, organising and interpreting data.This mini-course consists of five units:Where does the money go? is an introduction to looking at tables of data. It includes some simple ideas of the sorts...
Publication date:
1990 - 1999

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Mini-course 2: Picturing Data - Risks

This mini-course from the Nuffield Exploratory Data Skills Project: Making Sense of Data is an introduction to the graphical presentation of data.It consists of five units:Changing patterns of risk considers what makes an effective chart, and emphasises the point that the choice of a chart will depend on the...
Publication date:
1990 - 1999

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Mini-course 3: Trends - Population Changes

This mini-course from the Nuffield Exploratory Data Skills Project: Making Sense of Data is particularly appropriate for dealing with time-series data - data which show how one quantity changes over time.It consists of five units:Looking at population changes introduces some of the problems of interpreting graphs...
Publication date:
1990 - 1999

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Mini-course 4: Batches - Facts About Food

This mini-course from the Nuffield Exploratory Data Skills Project: Making Sense of Data is about looking at, analysing and comparing batches of data. In this mini-course students should learn how to:• look at a batch in terms of level, spread, distribution and outliers• make a dotplot• make a stem and leaf plot• find...
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1990 - 1999

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