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)
Greta Gangestad (USA)
Kristen Jeffers (USA)
Erez Garnai (USA)
Stephanie Chen (USA)


Lara Cleveland (United States)


At a daylong ICOTS 9 workshop, social scientists representing the IPUMS project (which freely disseminates harmonized global census and health survey data online, at ipums.org) spoke with statistics educators about barriers to using real world data in teaching statistics. In response to this feedback, we have created online statistics exercises, using global census and health survey data, that follow a basic statistics class syllabus, from exploring data to conducting multiple regression analyses. Exercises are suited to calculations using a variety of formats (Excel, R, or a statistical package such as SPSS) and use demographic, economic, and health variables appropriate for illustrating statistical concepts. Teachers have flexibility in selecting which countries' data are used, to appeal to students' interests and change course content as needed.