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The purpose of this activity is to engage students in the evaluation of a published statistical report.

Achievement Objectives
S4-2: Evaluate statements made by others about the findings of statistical investigations and probability activities.
Description of Mathematics

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

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This activity may be carried out with step by step guidance, or by allowing the student to follow their own method of solution. The approach should be chosen in sympathy with students' skills and depth of understanding.


In the newspaper article, ‘Which Social Media for Teens?’, it was reported that young people are using different forms of social media than they did a few years ago.

Read the article below and comment on whether the reporter’s statements are consistent with the survey data.

Which Social Media for Teens?

It looks like Facebook is no longer cool amongst the teens of today.  Instagram and Twitter have taken over the most popular social networks among American children and these kids are ditching Facebook.

Research has shown that today’s teens are no longer using Facebook. Rather, they are using Instagram and Twitter. There has been a steady decline in the usage of Facebook, with all other social networks increasing in popularity. Surveys of 15,000 social network users between the ages of 13 and 19 over the past three years, gave the following results:

Source: This article has been created for the purpose of this statistics exercise and is not from any publication.

The procedural approach  (show more)

  • The student is able to evaluate a statistical report, linking their comments to the relevant parts of the report.

The conceptual approach  (show more)

  • The student is able to evaluate a statistical report, linking their comments to the report and its context.

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