My first research
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# My first research

Students can use statitics to study some relevant topics for themselves... They can design a survey, collect and organize the information about these topics, display the information and, finally, draw conclusions to communicate other people... Isn't owesome?
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## Information means power...

Nowadays, our world moves around information. It allows us to know the reality and thus to draw to make decisions. Business, governments and foundations use data to analyze, understand and

Statistics provides a method to collect, organize, analyze and understand many types of phenomena in order to modify or foster trends that we are interested in…

Therefore, teaching and learning Statistics in the High Schools should be a relevant aspect in the programming, not only to learn math, but to develop the citizen competence of our students

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## Step 1: Got a topic?

The best way to learn about Statistics is just practicing… So, get ready!! Which topic are you interested in? I suggest you some topics clicking on the next link…

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/research-topics-for-high-school-students.html

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## Step 3: Survey sampling

There are different ways to select a representative sample to carry out your survey. What do you think is the best one for your research? Your sample must have, at least, 50 data.

http://www.socialresearchmethods.net/kb/survsel.php

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## Step 5: Statistical analysis

Consider central tendency of your data (including the mean, median and mode) and dispersion (including the range and quantiles of  your data-set  and measures of spread such as the variance and standard deviation). The shape of your distribution may also be described via indices such as skewness and kurtosis.

I attach a link providing everything you need to do the analysis. You can also take a look at your lessons’ notes. Use Excel if you consider it suitable...

http://www.svc.ac.in/bbiswal/cs110/files/BasicStatistics.pdf

http://www.itl.nist.gov/div898/handbook/eda/section3/eda35b.htm

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## The Statistical method

The most important step when collecting data is what questions to ask and how to choose the people to carry it out. The relevance of our final conclusions depends on these main aspects. Once we've got the information, we have to process and analiyze to get conclusions. To learn more, take a look at this vid to get some hints...

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## Step 2: Designing a survey

What would you like to know about your topic?  The final result of your research will depend mainly on the way you will collect data, so it is very relevant to fix the questions you will obtain the required information with. Some tips are given in the link below:

http://www.innonet.org/client_docs/File/Survey_Dev_Tips.pdf

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## Step 4: Organizing and displaying information

There are many different way to organize and display yoir information. You can use Excel. Take a look at the file below and decide which of them are suitable for your research...

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## Step 6: Drawing conclusions. Writing your report.

Once your statistical analysis is done, it time to present the world your conclusions on the your topic.Your report must have the followng structure:

1.- Topic. Explain why you chose the topic and what your target is.

2.- Sampling. Write size of your sample and type of sampling chosen.

3.- Graphs. Display the information obtained by using your graphs in Step 4.

4.- Statistical descriptors. Calculate the descriptors in Step 5 and comment their meaning.

5. Drawing conclusions. Write a 200 words composition explaining your conclusions on the topic. Analyze if they could be the same conclusions for a larger sample. What are the implications of your research? Do you consider they could be relevant to know more about the topic? Were they predictable?

Be a researcher! Use Statistics!

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