Aussies live it up


This article and the accompanying graph report many changes in life in Australia in the preceding 20 years. The side by side bar graphs display differences in percentages, averages and rates (per 1000 people). This would be a good graph to start a discussion with a class on the different kinds of information which can be presented visually. Is it reasonable to present such disparate statistics in the same graph? Is it difficult to interpret? Is it possible to gain an overall picture of changes in Australia from the graph? Have reasonable comparisons been made? Why or why not? How might students choose to display the information if it were their choice?


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