Drink swim deaths rise




(Present article at first without the graphs)

  1. Imagine that you are required to represent the data in this article to someone who hasn't read it, what would be the most effective way to do this?
  2. Why do you think drinking alcohol, increases the incidence of drowning?
  3. Why do you think 12% of deaths occur in private pools in contrast with 1% in public pools? What factors are involved here? How many people resulted in these reported percents?
  4. What makes swimming between the flags at the beach so much safer than outside of them? What percent of people drown in this way?
  5. 61% of all drowning deaths occurred in rural areas; what do you think are the reasons for this?
  6. Create your own Water Safety Poster incorporating some of the data from this article.
  7. Explain the variation you see in the bar graph. Why is the 65+ bar so high?

(Written by Susie Best, BTeach student, University of Tasmania, 2001)


Where to next?

Newspaper article
Index - Related articles
Index - Data Representation
Main Index - Numeracy in the News