Teacher guide reSolve: Statistics - Student Profiling

TLF ID M025319

In this sequence of two lessons, students critically assess the Census@School 2014 Questionnaire and make decisions on how they would analyse the data given the types of questions and response. They describe the life of a single participant using their survey data and use a range of statistical tools to compare their participant to a larger sample. They use technology such as Excel or TinkerPlots to analyse a large dataset. Each lesson is outlined in detail including curriculum links, vocabulary, materials needed, discussion points, internet resources and spreadsheets of Census@School data. This sequence is part of the reSolve: Maths by Inquiry program.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This resource is valuable for the year 10 mathematics content descriptions about constructing and interpreting box plots, dot plots and scatter plots and using them to compare data sets and comment on relationships between variables. Students explore Census@School data, compare a single student's data to a sample of 550 students and use a range of statistical tools and plot types to explore whether their student is 'typical'.
  • The resource is of value for supporting the Numeracy general capability. The lesson provides multiple opportunities for students to collect, compare, describe and interpret data, including data from online sources and spreadsheets.
  • This resource is also of pedagogical value as it supports teachers in building an inquiry-focused learning environment with authentic application of mathematical skills and understandings. The unit aims to develop content knowledge as well as assisting students to understand the process of inquiry.
Year level


Learning area
  • Mathematics

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