Statistics: Pedagogical resources

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The starting material for this page makes heavy use of the resources collected by Peggy Ng on her website and Jessica Utts and Robert Heckard in their book Statistical Ideas and Methods. Please contribute by adding new links, correcting dead links and reorganizing.

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  • Great, humourous and insightful conceptual material on Statistics Steve's Attempt to Teach Statistics (
  • Interesting diagram of the modelling proces[1] (
  • An ANOVA widget ( It's great that they include the possibility of introducing limited heteroscedasticity but it's very unfortunate that the role of n's in MSbetween is not even mentioned. We have no idea what the n's are. A bit of improvement would make this a great pedagogical tool.

In the Current News: Surveys, Observational Studies, and Randomized Experiments

Resources by Teachers for Teachers

  • Huge collection of links related to statistics education created by Juha Puranen, Department of Statistics, University of Helsinki
  • Herkimer’s Hideaway, by Sanderson Smith, Department of Mathematics, Cate School, Carpinteria, California. Click on AP Statistics. Contains many ideas for projects and activities.
  • Suggestions for data exploration activities, maintained by Rex Boggs, Glenmore State High School, Rockhampton, Australia
  • Statistics Teaching and Resource Library. Started in Summer, 2001. The STAR Library collection is peer-reviewed by an Editorial Board. Missions is “to provide a peer-reviewed journal of resources for introductory statistics teachers that is free of cost, readily available, and easy to customize for the use of the teacher.”
  • Chance News: A newsletter of recent (mostly United States) media items useful for class discussion.

Survey Methodology

Data Sets

Note: There are 46 data sets on the CD-ROM bundled with the textbook, Statistical Ideas and Methods by Utts and Heckard.

Gateways to Data and Government Reports

Miscellaneous Case Studies and Data Resources

Sources of data

  • Copied with permission from Peggy Ng:
  1. Data analysis issues
    1. Numbers Racket?
    2. Simpson’s paradox
      - Black-White Income Gap:
    3. Data collection
      Can you trust a dataset where more than half the values are missing?
    4. Experimental design
      A `Politically Robust' Experimental Design for Public Policy Evaluation:
    5. T-test
      A Theory of Mind investigation into the appreciation of visual jokes in schizophrenia:
    6. Setting a comparative question
      Dress for Less and Less
    7. The Indiana Jones of Economics, Part I:
    8. Who's Watching American Idol?
    9. Just be careful ….
      1. 81% in Poll Say Nation Is Headed on the Wrong Track:
      2. The Ebb and Flow of Movies: Box Office Receipts 1986 – 2007:
      3. Dennis the Denver dentist and Laura the Louisiana lawyer:
      4. Who Wants To Be Rich?
      5. Self-reported delinquency among young people in Toronto:
    10. Just wrong ….
      Data on minority doctorates suppressed:
    11. Just wonder ….
      1. Who gets any sleep these days? Sleep patterns of Canadians:
      2. Canada's bison industry:
      3. Diamonds: An update:
      4. Canada's trade in beer:
      5. Scientists and engineers and urban growth:
      6. A new look at commuting distance:
      7. Delayed transitions of young adults:
      8. Who's calling at dinner time?
    12. Just curious ….
      The arrival of 'merit-blind admissions:
  2. Statistical graphics
    1. Online atlas of the millennium development goals:
    2. OECD Factbook 2008: Economic, Environmental and Social Statistics:
    3. The First Measured Century – Trends Challenge:
    4. Hans Rosling: Debunking third-world myths with the best stats you've ever seen:
    5. Why Are American Presidential Election Campaign Polls So Variable When Votes Are So Predictable?
  3. Personal income tax
    Federal Personal Income Tax: Slicing the Pie:
  4. Public finance in Canada
    1. Government finance: Revenue, expenditure and surplus:
    2. Government spending on social services:
    3. Employment trends in the federal public service:
  5. Canadians
    1. Snapshot of past 100 years in Canada:
    2. Earnings and Incomes of Canadians Over the Past Quarter Century, 2006 Census:
    3. Canada's income redistribution strategy: take from the rich, give to the median:
    4. Income of Canadians:
    5. Family income:
    6. Income of individuals:
    7. Family earnings instability:
    8. Earnings instability:
    9. Payday loans:
  6. Income inequality in Canada
    1. Why Inequality Matters in 1,000 Words or Less:
    2. 2006 Census: Earnings, income and shelter costs:
    3. A Quarter Century of Economic Inequality in Canada:
    4. Trends in income inequality in Canada from an international perspective:
    5. Income inequality and redistribution:
    6. High-income Canadians:
    7. Persistence of low income among working-aged unattached individuals:
    8. Inequality in wealth:
  7. Students
    1. Participation in post-secondary education:
    2. Is postsecondary access more equitable in Canada or the United States?
    3. Why are youth from lower-income families less likely to attend university?
    4. High school dropouts returning to school:
    5. Adult learning in Canada: Characteristics of learners:
    6. Sources of growth in degree holders across urban and rural Canada:
    7. Performance
      1. Performance of Canada's youth in science, reading and mathematics:
      2. Survey of Canadian Attitudes toward Learning:
    8. Costs
      1. How students fund their postsecondary education:
      2. Who gets student loans?
    9. Benefits
      1. Education and earnings:
      2. Impact of compulsory school laws on educational attainment and earnings:
      3. Adult education and its impact on earnings:
      4. Pathways from education to the labour market among Canadian youth:
  8. Health
    1. Access
    2. Access to health care services:
    3. Going to the doctor:
    4. Out-of-pocket spending on prescription drugs:
    5. Life and death
      1. Birth outcomes by neighbourhood income and recent immigration in Toronto:
      2. Income inequality and working-age mortality:
      3. Inequality and health:
      4. Pain and inequality:
      5. Correlates of medication error in hospitals:
  9. WORK
    1. Pay and hours
      1. Payroll employment, earnings and hours:
      2. Understanding regional differences in work hours:
      3. Hours polarization revisited:
      4. General Social Survey: Paid and unpaid work:
      5. How families respond to layoffs:
      6. The death of a spouse and the impact on income:
      7. International mobility: A longitudinal analysis of the effects on individuals' earnings:
      8. Globalisation, Jobs and Wages:,3425,en_2649_201185_38796127_1_1_1_1,00.html
    2. Productivity
      1. GDP per capita and productivity in Canada and the United States:
      2. Labour productivity, hourly compensation and unit labour cost:
      3. Work stress and job performance:
      4. Health Reports: Job satisfaction, stress and depression:
      5. On sick leave:
    3. Women
      1. Wives as primary breadwinners:
      2. Returning to work after childbirth:
      3. Employment growth among lone mothers in Canada and the United States:
      4. Employment and earnings among lone mothers:
      5. Gender differences in quits and absenteeism:
    4. Work-related issues
      1. Diverging trends in unionization:
      2. Balancing career and care:
      3. Other interesting daily posting of public policy and Canadian data on HEALTH, ENVIRONMENT, INNOVATION, RETIREMENT & RELATED ISSUES . .. … please visit
  10. Income inequality in U.S.
    1. Class matters:
    2. New data show income concentration rose again in 2006:
    3. Controversies about the Rise of American Inequality: A Survey:
    4. Inequality and prices:
    5. Portraits of the Assets and Liabilities of Low-Income Families:
    6. Income inequality in the world
      1. Vast majority income:

Java and JavaScript Activities

Advanced Placement Statistics Listserve Archives

  • Searchable archive of thousands of email messages contributed by high school and college statistics teachers, about topics as diverse as studies in the news or where to find test questions.

Journal of Statistics Education

  • Free online journal sponsored by the American Statistical Association Includes articles about teaching statistics, interesting datasets, current articles in the news for discussion.


Jokes (funny? p < .05?)