Census at work in a South Australian school
The ABS, in conjunction with the Mathematical Association of SA, recently conducted a professional development workshop at the Open Learning Centre in SA.
The workshop was of interest to teachers of Mathematics, Geography, Economics, Accounting, Business Studies and Society and Environment from Years 8-12. Ross Johnson, Education Account Manager at the ABS, presented the workshop and demonstrated a number of very useful and interesting teaching aids. In particular, teachers investigated the new ABS web site, as well as the new census CD-ROM, 'A Tale of Two Worlds’, which introduces students to the hows and whys of the census.
Next year students at the Open Learning Centre will be involved in testing the ABS 'Community Profile' software package in their statistical studies for Years 11 and 12. The package, titled 'CProfile', offers statistical profiles of the suburbs around Australia. Students are able to compare key features of their own suburb with others anywhere else in Australia, as well as data for Australia as a whole.
This hands on experiencemakes statistics more relevant and enables students to gain a better understanding of the information collected in the census and how it can be used by government and business.