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.  But most importantly, analysis doesn't stop there; 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 www.census.gov/hhes/www/income/histinc/p41ar.html is a dead link
  • Class copy of worksheet (without answers and teaching cues) is mostly missing