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American Politics Group Data Projects
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SETUPS (Empirical Teaching Unites in Political Science) data, published by the American ...

SETUPS (Empirical Teaching Unites in Political Science) data, published by the American Political Science Association, will be employed in group data analysis projects in an American Government class. Students then use results from these reports in composing an essay question on the course's final exam.

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Education
Political Science
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Steven Schier
Analyzing Data on American Political Divisions
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Students conducted data analysis about American political divisions and created two papers ...

Students conducted data analysis about American political divisions and created two papers from this data analysis. Sutdents were assigned to group projects involving data analysis assigned chapters in MICROCASE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT, a textbook that includes access to a variety of datasets.

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Education
Political Science
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Steven Schier
Archimedes and Pi
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Spreadsheets across the Curriculum Activity. Student build spreadsheets that allow them to ...

Spreadsheets across the Curriculum Activity. Student build spreadsheets that allow them to estimate pi using the same iterative process as Archimedes.

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Education
Mathematics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Christina Stringer
Assessing the Measurement and Validity of Ambiguous Concepts in Ethnic Conflict Datasets
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This assignment introduces students to commonly used datasets in ethnic conflict studies. ...

This assignment introduces students to commonly used datasets in ethnic conflict studies. It also encourages them to think critically about data quality and measurement challenges when using large datasets.

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Education
Ethnic Studies
Political Science
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Devashree Gupta
Building an Electoral Dataset and Testing Hypotheses with the Data
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Undergraduate student project for building datasets and analyzing the electoral, party system, ...

Undergraduate student project for building datasets and analyzing the electoral, party system, and mass behavioral characteristics for a set of countries.

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Education
Political Science
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Alfred Montero
Calculating and Comparing Tax Rates
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This example focuses on six letters to the editor. All six letters ...

This example focuses on six letters to the editor. All six letters attempt to describe and compare the amount of taxes paid on two different incomes: $30,000 and $200,000. Tax rates are expressed in absolute dollars, tax per $1,000 of income, $1 of tax per income amount, and as percents of annual income. Students need to be able to organize the relevant information and convert each stated tax rate to a standard form to help make comparisons. Additionally, students need to be aware that letter writers may make their own mistakes!

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Education
Mathematics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Starting Point (SERC)
Author:
Stuart Boersma
Comparison of GDP and the Human Development Index (HDI).
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This assignment exposes students to data on economic growth and development as ...

This assignment exposes students to data on economic growth and development as commonly measured by per capita GDP and the Human Development Index (HDI) for 100 countries of the world. There is a big debate about how good an indicator HDI is compared to GDP per capita as a measure of development.

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Education
Mathematics
Economics
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Activities and Labs
Homework and Assignments
Instructional Material
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Quantitative Writing (SERC)
Author:
Meherun Ahmed
Cost Effectiveness of Increased Fuel Efficiency
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In this example students examine and critique an argument which implies that ...

In this example students examine and critique an argument which implies that it is not cost effective to pay for an automobile with increased fuel efficiency. Using a few reasonable assumptions shows that some of the writer's quantitative claims are not very accurate.

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Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Starting Point (SERC)
Author:
Stuart Boersma
Data Rich Economic Policy Brief
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This assignment asks students to write a data-rich policy brief, showing their ...

This assignment asks students to write a data-rich policy brief, showing their ability to apply standard microeconomic models and contextualizing the policy debate with numeric evidence.

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Education
Economics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Quantitative Writing (SERC)
Author:
Nathan Grawe
Do Quantitative Indicators Make Qualitative Meaning? Analysis of World Development Indicators, Human Development Indicators, and Happy Planet Indicators
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In this assignment, a group of four to five students will select ...

In this assignment, a group of four to five students will select one country that has been ranked in the World Development Indicators of the World Bank, the Human Development Indicators of the United Nations Development Program, and the Happy Planet Indicator of the New Economic Foundation. Using the selected country's political, social, and economic statistics, each group will assess the methodology and validity of the measurements of WDI, HDI, and HPI indicators for the country. Students will compare and contrast the measurement methods, analyze the strengths and weaknesses of each indicator, and propose recommendations to improve these indicators.

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Education
Economics
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Activities and Labs
Homework and Assignments
Instructional Material
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Quantitative Writing (SERC)
Author:
Tun Myint
Drought (Lab 1): Where's the Water?
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Using data on the world's water distribution, students calculate the percentage of ...

Using data on the world's water distribution, students calculate the percentage of water that is available to humans and examine graphics that illustrate the distribution. Students develop a sense of where the world's water is located and how it moves through the Earth system.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Teach the Earth
Drought (Lab 6): Drying of the American West
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When populations live in areas where natural resources are scarce, conserving them ...

When populations live in areas where natural resources are scarce, conserving them becomes critical for survival. The case study presented in this lesson introduces students to a real drought that has been developing in the Colorado River basin for many years. The Colorado River is the major source of water for people in the driest part of the United States. More than 30 million people in 7 states depend on this river as the primary source of their water.In this lesson, students discover how changes in climate over the Colorado watershed are reducing the amount of fresh water available in the river. They also see how the population of the region that uses this water has grown, resulting in increasing demands on a dwindling resource.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Teach the Earth
Environmental Injustice: Evaluating the Evidence
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This assignment teaches students how to evaluate arguments concerning the maldistribution of ...

This assignment teaches students how to evaluate arguments concerning the maldistribution of environmental hazards, based on complex quantitative data.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Homework and Assignments
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Quantitative Writing (SERC)
Author:
Kimberly Smith
Examining Prosocial Behavior Quantitatively: An Activity for Introductory Psychology Students
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For this psychology project, students in small groups will design and execute ...

For this psychology project, students in small groups will design and execute a study on helping behavior and then analyze and interpret the results.

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Education
Psychology
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Kenneth Abrams
GSS based data analysis
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Students will write and present a paper which consists of a review ...

Students will write and present a paper which consists of a review of literature and an empirical/statistical test of the relation between specific variables in the field of social stratification.

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Education
Sociology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Graphically Presenting Quantitative Relationships: Elements of Effective Posters
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This workshop involves students in evaluating the efficacy of posters as a ...

This workshop involves students in evaluating the efficacy of posters as a communication tool, focusing on elements of clarity in poster and graphic design.

Subject:
Education
Political Science
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Julian Westerhout
How Big is a Trillion?
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Perhaps the first skill needed for successful quantitative reasoning is the ability ...

Perhaps the first skill needed for successful quantitative reasoning is the ability to understand a single number. Newspaper headlines over the last year have used some amazingly large figures when discussing the national debt, bailout funds, corporate bonuses, or economic stimulus packages. Millions, billions, and trillions of dollars are often encountered in such stories. The ability to process these large values and compare their relative values is essential in understanding the financial nuances to such articles. This example contains two in-depth approaches to understanding large quantities.

Subject:
Education
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Starting Point (SERC)
Author:
Stuart Boersma
Introducing Introductory Psychology Students to Quantitative Analysis
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An assignment that involves introductory psychology students in the analysis a data ...

An assignment that involves introductory psychology students in the analysis a data set on personality traits and their relationship to measures of happiness and well-being.

Subject:
Education
Psychology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Neil Lutsky
Investigating Earthquakes: GIS Mapping and Analysis (College Level)
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This is a college-level adaptation of a chapter from the Earth Exploration ...

This is a college-level adaptation of a chapter from the Earth Exploration Toolbook. The students download global quake data over a time range and use GIS to interpret the tectonic context.

Subject:
Education
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Data
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Brian Welch