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Evaluating Polling Methods and Results What basic skills are needed to read a poll? How are scientifically sound polls conducted? How can one gauge the reliability of poll data? In this lesson, students learn terms associated with polling as well as how to read and evaluate poll methodologies and results. They then practice administering and interpreting polls. Creator: The New York Times The Learning Network Access rights: Free Access Type: Activity
Is Love Really Blind?: A Data-Driven Learning Guide Modern Westerners brought up on a steady diet of popular songs and romantic movies tend to believe that interpersonal attraction and mate selection are both random and very subjective. Popular culture propagates the notion of "love at first sight" and teaches us that "love is blind, "love just happens," and "you can't help who you fall in love with." Research shows, however, that this is not necessarily true and that, in reality, society aims Cupid's arrow more than we like to think. In this exercise we explore the concepts of homogamy, routine activities, social networks, and mere exposure by examining how similar respondents are to their partners on a variety of social characteristics and how they met and became involved with their partners. Creator: ICPSR Access rights: Available by Subscription Type: Activity
Child Well-Being and Equity in the US: Online Data and Analysis Tool The site allows users to create customized profiles, rankings and maps that make data visual and digestible. It also features a neighborhood-level child opportunity index, the first of its kind, developed in partnership with the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University. In addition to providing this index and hundreds of standard measures broken down by race and ethnicity, this site also generates unique, equity-focused data on known structural factors that drive existing disparities among varying racial and ethnic groups. It allows users to zoom in from a national perspective to ever-small levels of geography: examining individual metropolitan areas, school districts, and in some cases even neighborhoods, providing pinpoint views of the often nuanced inequities present among children of varying racial and ethnic groups. Creator: Institute for Child, Youth, and Family Policy Access rights: Free Access Type: Interactive
Library of Pedagogic Modules, through a partnership with the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) has developed a library of pedagogic modules for educators across the curriculum. Each module features a particular pedagogic methodology including examples of how the method can be applied in a variety of subjects. SERC vets these modules with pedagogic experts; all pedagogic content is subject to a blind peer review process before it is made live.A growing collection of classroom activities, submitted by faculty, is included within each pedagogic module. The result is an enhanced collection that allows users to seamlessly browse between pedagogic content and classroom activities. The modules can be used in their entirety or instructors can use the modules to generate ideas for their instruction.Modules include:Teaching with DataDeveloping Quantitative ReasoningQuantitative WritingTeaching Quantitative Reasoning with the NewsUsing Socio-Scientific Issues-Based Instruction Creator: Science Education Resource Center (SERC) Access rights: Free Access Type: Module
Could You Live on the Minimum Wage? New York Times Interactive This calculator, for a single childless worker, shows the hard choices that have to be made by those living on the smallest paychecks. Creator: The New York Times Access rights: Free Access Type: Interactive
Wealth Inequality in America Infographics on the distribution of wealth in America, highlighting both the inequality and the difference between our perception of inequality and the actual numbers. The reality is often not what we think it is. Creator: Politizane Access rights: Free Access Type:
Brookings Institution Interactive: The Final Countdown: Prospects for Ending Extreme Poverty by 2030 Over a billion people worldwide live on less than $1.25 a day. But that number is falling. This has given credence to the idea that extreme poverty can be eliminated in a generation. A new study by Brookings researchers examines the prospects for ending extreme poverty by 2030 and the factors that will determine progress toward this goal. The interactive tool below allows users to explore the study’s key findings. Creator: Brookings Institution Access rights: Free Access Type:
Voting Behavior: The 2012 Election Voting Behavior: The 2012 Election is a new SETUPS (Supplementary Empirical Teaching Units in Political Science) that offers students the ability to analyze an accessible dataset drawn from the 2012 American National Election Study (ANES) survey of the American electorate.  Creator: ICPSR Access rights: Available by Subscription Type:
Understanding Uncertainty Interactive: Survival in England and Wales This tool allows the user to view the rates of survival by year and gender, hazards, behavior and can be sorted on these factors.  Creator: Understanding Uncertainty Access rights: Free Access Type:
The Economist Interactive: Will China's Communist Party still be ruling in 2030? This tool allows user to select a region to answer the question or view all responses worldwide. Creator: The Economist Access rights: Free Access Type:


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