The activity assigns random incomes/professions to students in order for them to be able to visualize a sample distribution and understand how to interpret histograms. The first part of the activity has 9 student volunteers who visualize a simple number line in front of the class based on their randomly assigned incomes. By omitting and introducing...
- Subject Area(s):
- Quantitative Methodology, Statistics
- Resource Type(s):
- Class Activity
- Class Level(s):
- College 100, College 200
- Class Size(s):
- Any, Medium
One of the main goals of this activity is to include every student in the visualized distribution. This activity is ready to be used for a medium sized class (approximately 50 students) but, becuase class sizes vary, data are included to easily modify visualizations and income/profession assignments for smaller or larger classes.
Learning Goals and Assessments
Demonstrate ability to calculate and interpret measures of central tendency
- Articulate the concept of the mean’s sensitivity to extreme values
- Understand sample distributions and histograms
- Identify skewed distributions using histograms
- Students demonstrate their knowledge through discussion of a variety of sample characteristics and data visualizations provided in the resource materials