Don’t fear the data: Statistics in Information Literacy Instruction


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Don’t fear the data: Statistics in Information Literacy Instruction

  1. 1. Don’t Fear the Data Lynda Kellam May 13, 2014 The Innovative Library Classroom
  2. 2. John Snow’s Cholera Map Excerpt from:
  3. 3. Write – Pair – Share • Do you use numeric sources (like SimplyMap or American FactFinder) in your library instruction? If so, what sources have you used? • What challenges have you faced in using numeric sources in library instruction? • Do you have a success story regarding numeric sources in reference or instruction?
  4. 4. Statistical Literacy • Generally is the ability to interpret or evaluate statistics and numbers in evidence (Schield, 2004) • Continuum of skills from basic descriptive statistics to more advanced statistical analysis • Basic descriptive statistics o Number of unemployed women o Percentage of students favor gun control o Gross domestic product • Numbers are information
  5. 5. Data are fun! • Gentrification in neighborhoods around UNCG
  6. 6. Data in ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards • 1.2c – Identifies the value and differences of potential resources in a variety of formats • 1.2f – Realizes that information might need to be constructed with raw data from primary sources • 2.3d – Uses surveys and other forms of inquiry to retrieve primary information
  7. 7. Data in ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards • 3.1b – Selects data accurately • 3.4e – Determines probably accuracy by questioning the source of the data, etc • 5.2e – Legally obtains, stores, and disseminates data
  8. 8. Sample Student Learning Outcomes • UNCG’s SLOs • Students will be able to evaluate statistics found in the popular press according to authority, audience, content, coverage, currency, and purpose. • Students will be able to identify at least one source of reliable public opinion statistics.
  9. 9. Sample Activity 1 • USA Today Snapshots
  10. 10. Just for Fun • Stephen Colbert’s USA Todayinfographicsells out: o sells-out
  11. 11. Sample Activity 2 • Pew Research Center’s Topics
  12. 12. Sample Activity 2 Global Views on Morality:
  13. 13. Brainstorming! • Think about one of your classes from this past semester and consider these questions: o What numeric sources are available at your institution that would be appropriate to that class? o What student learning objectives would be most relevant? o What activities could you do to incorporate those numeric sources?
  14. 14. Additional Resources • Gray, A. (2004). Data and statistical literacy for librarians. IASSIST Quarterly 28(2/3), 24-29. • Kellam, L.& Peter, K. (2011). Numeric data services and sources for the general reference librarian. Oxford: Chandos Publications. • Partlo, K. (2010). The pedagogical data reference interview. IASSIST Quarterly 33(4): 6-10. • Peter, K. & Kellam, L. (2013). Data on the run: Data and statistical sources for reference and instruction. • Peter, K. &Kellam, L. (2013). Statistics & the single girl: Incorporating statistical literacy into information literacy instruction. LOEX Quarterly 40(1): 2-3, 10. • Schield, M. (2004). Information literacy, statistical literacy, and data literacy. IASSIST Quarterly 28(2/3), 6-11.
  15. 15. Don’t Fear the Data Questions? Comments? Lynda Kellam