Statistical Literacy and Information LiteracyStatistical literacy is the ability to understand andevaluate the use of statistics and numbers in evidence(Schield, 2004).Are data and statistics any different from other typesof information?
Starting with DataFrom the resources we’ve shown you, what is the firstsource you would incorporate into your desk work orlibrary instruction? How would you do it?
Student Learning OutcomesWhere does data fit into your student learningoutcomes? Construct a research question appropriate to your discipline. Identify appropriate subject- specific databases to find relevant information Select relevant books, articles, reference materials, etc.
Activity 1 SLOStudents can use an evaluation rubric to evaluatestatistics in popular sources.
Activity 1Ask students to pick a table from USA TodaySnapshots or NationMasterEvaluating statistics Authority: Who is the author? What are their qualifications? Audience: Who is the intended audience? Content: Are they accurate? Can they be verified? Coverage: What is the population or sample size? Currency: What is the date of the data? Purpose: Why was the information collected?Colbert evaluates USA Today
Activity 2 SLOStudents can find statistics on religious congregations.Students can use ARDA to develop researchquestions about religions congregations.
Activity 2Ask students to choose a religious congregation usingARDAAsk students to compare their religious congregationin different states and ask: Does anything surprise you about the religious groups you chose? What differences did you see between the two states? What might explain those differences or commonalities.Ask students to look up information in the secondaryliterature about their congregation.
Group ActivityPick a scenario for an instruction session (freshmencomp, grad workshop, upper division social scienceclass)Write one or two Student Learning Outcomes relatedto dataCreate a short activity to support your SLOsWhat opportunities or challenges do you imagine?Share!