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Statistical Sampling

This resource supports the teaching of specific education and training content that can be implemented by classroom instructors in the context of a particular career cluster.
Author(s): 
George Bott
Published: 
2002
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Product
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Abstract: 

This activity is part of the Workforce Education Learning Activities Bank, an interactive resource of work-related basic skills lessons for use by instructors in the workplace or in traditional adult education programs and by adult learners. All activities within the bank were developed with the appropriate Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS), Equipped for the Future (EFF), and GED skills and standards in mind. In this activity, students collect data in the field and analyze it in class using tables and graphs to determine how many observations of a phenomenon are necessary in order to draw reasonably valid conclusions about it. As a result, they discover the power of statistical sampling in searching for information.

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Students will be able to demonstrate: (1) Learning through research; (2) Planning; (3) Observing critically; (4) Using math to solve problems; (5) Reflecting and evaluating; and (6) Conveying ideas in writing.

This resource was reviewed and vetted through the Designing Instruction for Career Pathways initiative of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education under Contract No. ED-CFO-10-A-0072/0001.