By answering questions which require them to engage with census data from their own region, students learn about the kind of data that are collected and made available, and who might use these to inform decisions they make about events, initiatives or business.
A census is a comprehensive statististical investigation of a population. It is a is carefully designed to elicit from members of a population precise information about a broad range of aspects of their lives.
A country needs reliable, up-to-date, accurate and detailed data to inform developments and improvements to the infrastructure, services, and health and education of its citizens.
By engaging with census data, students learn to read and make sense of the numeric data in tables, recognise and compare totals, identify range, and intrepret central tendancy information.
The Statistics New Zealand’s website has a wealth of information that is used by government, businesses, and individuals to inform make decisions they make.
It is important to provide students with opportunities explore data from their own region, and to consider and learn which individuals, businesses and organizations can use these data to inform their future actions.
Quickstats about a place (http://www.stats.govt.nz/Census/2013-census/profile-and-summary-reports/quickstats-about-a-place.aspx ) includes data on: