The Development of Teaching Resources for Statistics and Modelling.

John A. Harraway
University of Otago

Production of a second DVD/CD pack for use in schools is currently under review. Identifying reaction to the current DVD/CD pack will be a guide to the worth of such teaching aids. Several areas being considered for future inclusion are rugby injury data, lifestyle data and health survey data. One example described here identifies the prevalence of alcohol and tobacco consumption among 6-24-month post-partum New Zealand women, many of whom are breast feeding. Maternal alcohol consumption is known to negatively affect the fetus. Tobacco consumption is known to negatively affect exposed young children. This study, involving 318 South Island women and using a self-administered questionnaire, assesses the prevalence of these lifestyle behaviours and the categories of other socio-demographic factors. The sampling methodology and the data will be described. It includes, for each respondent, ethnicity, education level, income level, marital status as well as maternal status all of which are categorical, and age which is continuous. Some results from the data will be reported. The question is whether this study with potential for further analysis and investigation would be of interest to schools that are teaching the subject Statistics and Modelling.

Session 1c, Statistics Education: 14:55 — 15:15, Room 446

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