Chance and Data in the News


Presented by

The Mercury

University of Tasmania

Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers Inc.


 The Mercury helicopter
above the city of Hobart

 The Hobart campus of
the University of Tasmania



Introduction

The newspaper articles appearing here were collected from The Mercury, in Hobart, and other News Limited newspapers throughout Australia to represent the five areas of the Chance and Data curriculum, and aspects of Numeracy throughout mathematics. Each of these six sections contains a few introductory questions, and many articles are followed by a short discussion and student questions which can be used in the classroom. Some articles can be associated with more than one part of the curriculum. Some have been purposely linked. Others you may discover for yourself.

The articles and questions have not been designated for particular grade levels. This is because there is likely to be a wide range of literacy and numeracy skills in any given class. Many articles have associated with them both basic numeracy questions and more advanced questions for senior students. Teachers will need to peruse questions and decide which are appropriate for particular students.

To provide a further resource for teachers and students, we have introduced a selection of articles at the end of each section which do not have discussion and questions. These articles will have discussions and questions added at a later time and teachers and students are encouraged to devise their own responses to these articles based on their experience at the site. Send these ideas to us by the email connection within the article and they might be used in the next update.

The articles are also cross-referenced by topic for use in projects, or by teachers of subject areas other than mathematics.

These articles will hopefully inspire teachers and students to read their local newspapers and find other articles which illustrate the different parts of the chance and data curriculum and other curriculum areas which use probability, statistics, and numeracy.

If you have suggestions you would like to make, or questions in relation to this project, please contact Rod Boucher or Jane Watson.


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© Copyright

News articles: © 1997. Copyright Reserved, News Limited.
Discussions: © 1997. Copyright Reserved, the Commonwealth of Australia.
Not to be reproduced without permission.


Credits

The Mercury

University of Tasmania

Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers Inc.

The newspaper articles appearing here were collected from the Mercury and other
News Limited newspapers.

The Mercury has provided access to this Homepage.

The discussions were written by
Dr. Jane Watson
of the Faculty of Education at the University of Tasmania.

The production and technical design were coordinated by
Mr. Jonathan Moritz
and
Mrs. Sue Anderson
of the Faculty of Education at the University of Tasmania.

This work was originally funded by the Department of Employment, Education and Training (DEET) under the Strategic Initiatives Element of the National Professional Development Program. It formed part of a project entitled, "Learning the Unlikely at Distance Delivered as an Information Technology Enterprise", which was run by the AAMT during 1996-1997.
The updating of the site in 1999 was subsidized by the Mathematical Association of Tasmania.


Contacts

The Mercury

University of Tasmania

Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers Inc.

ROD BOUCHER
Education Services Manager
The Mercury
93 Macquarie Street
Hobart
TASMANIA 7000
Australia
JANE WATSON
Reader, Mathematics Education
Faculty of Education
University of Tasmania
GPO Box 252-66
Hobart
TASMANIA 7001
Australia
AAMT
GPO Box 1729
Adelaide
SOUTH AUSTRALIA 5001
Australia
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Last updated: 9 March 1999