10th International
Conference on
Teaching Statistics
8 – 13 July 2018
Kyoto, Japan
Contributed paper list

Contributed Paper C111


Teaching Basic Statistics Using Integrated Global Census and Survey Data


Miriam King (USA)
Lara Cleveland (USA)
Kristen Jeffers (USA)


Lara Cleveland (United States)


We describe the IPUMS databases of consistently coded census and survey microdata from around the world, which are available for free on the Internet (www.ipums.org) to educators and students, and we discuss the advantages of using these real-world data to teach statistics. Based on feedback from statistics educators at the ICOTS 9 conference and at meetings of the International Association for Statistical Education, we developed exercises, posted online, with 9 modules on teaching basic statistics using global census and health survey data. With integrated data from nearly 100 countries, teachers can easily modify these exercises to suit the interests of their students, vary course content every semester, and prepare students to evaluate inconsistencies and cope with imperfections in real-world data.