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Mathematics and Statistics curriculum resources featuring data sets, PowerPoint presentations and powerful road safety contexts relevant to young people’s lives. Included are NCEA Level 1 and Level 2 statistical inference resources for AS91035 and AS91264. AS91263 Design a Questionnaire is now supported with teaching resources, see below.
The sample size is the proportion of the general population that are taking part in the study. In most cases, it’s important that the sample chosen is representative of the wider population, so that any conclusions drawn from the study can be reasonably extrapolated to individuals who did not directly take part.
Can we make New Zealand pest-free? Mathematics and statistics in a real context Urban ecosanctuary ZEALANDIA, with support from WWF New Zealand, has produced a comprehensive teaching resource supporting schools to explore the pest-free vision with students. This series of lesson plans focuses on students becoming actively involved in contributing to a pest-free New Zealand.
In this recorded professional learning session, Andrea Soanes and Lyn Rogers explore how teachers can confidently support their students to interpret and make sense of the data they collect. The focus is on how to engage students in science and to build their understandings of the nature of science whilst developing their science capabilities. This session will be valuable for both primary and secondary school teachers.
The science capability ‘Interpret representations’ encourages students to think about how data is presented, what the representation tells us and how it gets the message across. Visual representations contain literacy and numeracy components that students may need support to understand. In this activity, students observe and interpret graphs from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ’s Our atmosphere and climate 2020 report.
Weather datasets are used as an evidence base for the Environmental Reporting Programme – a joint programme with the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ – when reporting on the state of the atmosphere and climate. The programme makes the datasets they use available to the public. This activity provides long-term average annual temperature and annual precipitation data for 30 sites from Kerikeri to Invercargill. It has suggestions on how to use the datasets to view temperature and ...
The past decade has seen a raft of efforts to encourage robust, credible research. Some focus on changing incentives, for example by modifying promotion and publication criteria to favour open science over sensational breakthroughs. But attention also needs to be paid to individuals. All-too-human cognitive biases can lead us to see results that aren’t there. Faulty reasoning results in shoddy science, even when the intentions are good. Researchers need to become more aware of these pitfalls.