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20 October, 2004

Data literacy project develops new resource

Students across the UK are set to benefit from a project aiming to help them to make more sense of statistics.

The Survey Data in Teaching project has produced a set of teaching and learning materials to help college and university students to understand how social science data can be used to address real-life problems.

The aim is to improve the data literacy of GCE, A level and university students, to:

- enable a better understanding of the use of social science data as applied to real-life problems;

- enhance skills in manipulating numerical data in textbooks, newspapers or reports;

- develop critical consumers of this data.

Led by the UK Data Archive, based at the University of Essex, the project team has used data from the British Crime Survey to show how this can be used to conduct research, investigate issues and, ultimately, inform public policy.


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