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To engage the students in a critical evaluation of a statistical investigation, commenting on the validity and relevance of the findings presented graphically, and of the conclusions drawn.

Description of Mathematics

This background knowledge and skills that need to be established before and/or during this task are outlined in the diagram below:

This task may be 'scaffolded' with either a focus on the validity of the mathematical statements, or by encouraging students to respond to the value of the conclusions with respect to the context. The approach should be chosen in sympathy with their skills and depth of understanding.


Task: This statistical report (PDF, 315kb) on injury rates in various sports was prepared by a group of students for a school newsletter.

Evaluate the validity of their conclusions.


The procedural approach (show more)

  • The student is able to calculate the relevant statistics to confirm the accuracy of the report and to comment on the validity of conclusions drawn.

The conceptual approach (show more)

  • The student is able to comment on the validity of the conclusions, linking the relevance of the statistics calculated to the context of the investigation.

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