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Thursday, September 04, 2008

Couple of new things from today...
First of all a book that might be of use for those geographers who have issues with the use of statistics. "The Tiger that Isn't" explores issues such as correlation which always get people a little confused...

I have discovered a range of articles written by one of the authors: Michael Blastland, on the BBC's MAGAZINE section.
This is an excellent introduction to the content of the book.
Check out the 5 articles, which are on the following themes:

  1. CAUSATION
  2. AVERAGES
  3. PERCENTAGES
  4. COUNTING
  5. SURVEYS
All have their relevance for geographical enquiries.
Check out the comments section too - for example, there's a mention of one of my favourite statistical 'connections': between babies and storks.

Earlier, visited the site of NEAD: Norfolk Education and Action for Development. Involved in a conference with NEAD in October, and was checking some links. Came across a link to a useful sounding document. It's produced by DEA, and encourages us to THINK GLOBAL.The resource is a booklet of CASE STUDIES of EDUCATION FOR A JUST AND SUSTAINABLE WORLD. It costs £5, but can be downloaded as a PDF for free from HERE.

The case studies show active and participatory approaches that engage learners and encourage critical thinking about a range of important topics, including global trade, environmental sustainability, race, child labour and refugees. They demonstrate the innovative work which is taking place throughout the country, often through the involvement of the voluntary sector.

By following a link, I then came across this free resource that can be requested by secondary teachers: the RACE AGAINST POVERTY.It's produced by DFID.

Race Against Poverty aims to make the concept of world poverty accessible and meaningful to young people in the UK. It explores the nature of world poverty, and what is being done to tackle it such as supporting economic growth to lift people out of poverty.

This free teaching resource has been developed specifically for 11-13 year olds and 14-16 year olds. It has been designed to adapt easily to your geography, history, citizenship and ICT lesson plans and to support and complement cross-curricular activity across these subjects.

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