# Relevant and Engaging Statistics

This collection from The Royal Statistical Society Centre for Statistical Education (RSSCSE) has been written to help make statistics lessons more relevant and engaging to teachers and students.

Having run the well known CensusAtSchool Project for the last eight years the RSSCSE are well aware of the impact that using real data can have on the teaching and learning of statistics and have much evidence that this is one of the simplest and most effective ways to engage students, particularly by including their own data and comparing themselves to others.

Students are naturally ego-centric and by making use of this, and generating primary data, statistics can be made both real and very relevant. Relevant and purposeful data can also lead to more cohesive results and meaningful and trustworthy conclusions that are interesting for both the teacher and the student.

All of the materials in this booklet are intended to support teachers in teaching data handling and statistics. They are designed to be flexible and adaptable with the data providing the stimulation for interrogation and enquiry.

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### Setting the Scene

The introduction to this resource from the Royal Statistical Society Centre for Statistical Education (RSSCSE) discusses the place of statistics in the National Curriculum and how each of the four areas:

*The handling...

### Chapter 1: Using the Whole Problem Solving Approach

This chapter in the booklet Relevant and Engaging Statistics and Data Handling from the Royal Statistical Society Centre for Statistical Education (RSSCSE) illustrates with just one example how the problem solving cycle can be integrated within statistics lessons. The lesson shown is one produced by the RSSCSE...

### Chapter 2: Using Your Learners’ Own Data

This chapter in the booklet Relevant and Engaging Statistics and Data Handling from the Royal Statistical Society Centre for Statistical Education (RSSCSE) gives the background of the CensusAtSchool project and various ways that the project can be used in your classroom to help engage and motivate students to learn...

### Chapter 3: Using Random Samples of Real Data

This chapter in the booklet Relevant and Engaging Statistics and Data Handling from the Royal Statistical Society Centre for Statistical Education (RSSCSE) describes the steps needed to both take and use random samples of real data from the CensusAtSchool website. In addition it offers some ideas to allow students...