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The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has launched its CensusAtSchool 2013 initiative in an effort to encourage school students to take an interest and become involved in statistics.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Bernie Ripoll announced the launch saying CensusAtSchool featured an engaging online questionnaire before transforming into a data resource aimed at primary and secondary students.
Mr Ripoll said the questionnaire segment formed the first stage of the initiative, asking simple questions about students’ everyday lives, experiences, opinions and interests.
He said once the questionnaire closed, CensusAtSchool data for 2013 would be available free through an online random sampler, which gave students the power to create their own tables and make comparisons between themselves and their peers.
“Once students are able to see and interact with the CensusAtSchool data, it will help them understand the importance and value of statistics in their lives,” Mr Ripoll said.
He said CensusAtSchool was supported by a suite of free online resources, provided to assist teachers across year levels to use authentic data to teach statistical concepts and develop students’ statistical literacy.
He said the questionnaire component would be available to all Australian teachers and students until 19 July this year, with data available for free from 26 July.
More information on the CensusAtSchool initiative is available from this PS News link.
Edition 347F, 8 February 2013