Site Description

TeachingWithData.org provides resources for faculty interested in promoting quantitative literacy in the social sciences and their students. Comprehensive links and complete metadata make the collection of resources searchable by discipline, content area, type of source, course level, and more. Many exercises and teaching materials are linked to the Pedagogy in Action service at the Science Education Resource Center (Carleton College) for additional background on teaching and learning styles for which the activities are best fit. The collection is especially relevant for courses in demography, economics, history, political science, public policy, social psychology, and sociology but would also enhance courses in areas such as education, environmental science, family studies, and public health.

TeachingWithData.org will build upon its current offerings by creating a toolkit, including automated data extraction and the ability to connect various datasets to analysis and visualization programs, to simplify the process of creating and sharing data-based learning modules by faculty. Data will also be easily available to less experienced users with the use of online analysis software and the addition of many new simple, easy-to-use extracts of the American Community Survey for multiple levels of geography covering a wide range of topics and applications.

Finally, TeachingWithData.org strives to build community among users by training faculty and encouraging use and sharing of materials though workshops, Webinars, and outreach activities. Web 2.0 features and involvement of editorial and advisory committees will provide further opportunities for interaction and collaboration among users.

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