Reconciliation Data Lesson 1: Face the Facts

Australian curriculum number (ACMSP147, ACMSP148, ACMNA132)

Lesson abstract

Students are presented with data on reconciliation in Australia. From this data, they make interpretive statements that are supported by the evidence. They use the original survey questions from the Reconciliation Barometer to collect data from a local population, and compare this with the national data set using a side-by-side column graph and a 100% bar graph. This lesson may be spread over an extended inquiry in Humanities and Social Science.

Mathematical purpose (for students)

Conduct a survey to collect data to compare with an existing data set.

Mathematical purpose (for teachers)

This lesson interprets data of significance for Australian society, and provides an opportunity to develop and use mathematical skills in a humanities and civics context. The mathematical goals are to extend the students’ growing repertoire of data graphs to include side-by-side column graphs and 100% bar graphs. Students use knowledge of percentages, interpreted informally and also calculated.

At the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Conduct a survey.
  • Present data that they have collected.