Equal Salaries for Equal Work?

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Learners perform data analysis and draw conclusions bound to stir lively debate in a statistical activity. Starting with data comparing men's and women's wages, the class performs two different kinds of regressions to determine trends. Budding statisticians are then asked to go to the next level and justify which of these regressions is most appropriate.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Assign different learners different regression methods (hand vs. calculator) to extend to error comparisons
  • Good lead-in to discussion of misrepresentation of data and trends in media
  • Could be combined in a cross-curricular lesson with social studies on the Equal Rights Amendment and history
Classroom Considerations

  • Assumes class can plot data and perform different kinds of regression on the calculator
Pros

  • Leading the learners through the possible ways to analyze the data without a clear right answer develops sophisticated statistical thinking
  • Teaching notes for both hand and calculator regression methods are clear and thorough
  • Emphasis on appropriate, not just accurate, representation of data
Cons

  • Reference link is dead
  • Class copy of worksheet (without answers and teaching cues) is mostly missing