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Within the United Kingdom the CensusAtSchool project was devised in order to make the collection, collation and interpretation of data both fun and interesting. It is a statistical enterprise with three intertwining functions. Firstly to raise children's awareness and perception of what a Census is, how it operates and the reasons for having it. Secondly it gives children in the classroom real data about themselves and their peers to use while learning data handling techniques. A third function to increase both children's and teacher's understanding and use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) methodology within the classroom also applies.
The project involved young people between the ages of 7 and 16 answering
a simple one-page questionnaire comprising 17/18 questions arranged into
three sections: Yourself, Your Household and School. While some of the
questions were deliberately similar to those on the national Census others
were aimed more at the children's own interests and enthusiasms. The results,
fed back to us via either the Internet or as e-mail attachments formed
a national database of results.
The real value of CensusAtSchool is that the data is real and relevant. The interest generated by the participating children can only help to improve statistical literacy at an early age. If children can come to understand how to both gather and use data at this stage of their development then surely they will better see how to fully utilise statistics as they grow older.
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