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The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is Australia's national statistical agency. The ABS provides key statistics on a wide range of economic, environmental and social issues. This resource, although plain and bland is a great resource to investigate a local areas. The ABS is a primary source of information which can be attained by anyone. Using this information, students can interpret statistical information and draw conclusions about the people of Byron Bay. Although attaining this information doesn't require students to think critically, it is an effective way to begin to build a foundation (local profile) of a local area (in this case Byron Bay) and the way in which generations live. Having the students(in pairs) interactively finding this information relates to Randolph’s (2007) description, of the importance of active student learning.
Students can in pairs/small groups find statistics (scaffolded by teacher) using the ABS as a resource. They can then put this information into appropriate types of graphs. Under each graph they can make conclusions of the information and express their understandings of the information in writing. As this task is quiet difficult, it is the responsibility of the teacher to ensure that students are adequately directed, and have sufficient knowledge of graphs to complete this task. Teachers may create a Byron Bay stat book in which students can progress through as a group. This learning activity over laps with the Maths Outcome MA2-18SP – selects appropriate methods to collect data and constructs, compares, interoperates and evaluates data displays, including tables, pictures and column graphs.
Students can potentially be measured on how competent they are at generating graphs, however as the focus in on HSIE, they main measurement of achievement should be on how the student interoperates the information to draw conclusions on how the general people of Byron Bay live.
Randolph, J.R. (2007). Meta-analysis of the research on response cards: Effects on test achievement, quiz achievement, participation, and off-task behaviour. Journal of Positive Behaviour Interventions, 9, 113-128.