Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics: Uncovering the Truth Behind Polling Data

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Wayne Journell, Assistant Professor (Creator)
Holt Wilson, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: One of the fundamental tenets of social studies education is preparing students to become knowledgeable and informed citizens. Especially in this era of increased communication and technology, one skill necessary for informed citizenship is the ability to critically understand polling data. Social studies educators, however, rarely provide their students with the mathematical framework required to move beyond face-value analysis of public opinion polls. This article outlines the basic statistical processes behind public opinion polls and provides social studies teachers with activities that encourage students to critically question political data presented in the media.

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Social Studies Research and Practice, 6, 169-180.
Language: English
Date: 2011
Polling, Civics, Statistics, Interdisciplinary, Mathematics, Sampling

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