'Statistical thinking will one day be as necessary for efficient citizenship as the ability to read and write.'
Samuel S Wilks paraphrasing HG Wells
At the ABS, we recognise the crucial role the education sector plays in teaching the future decision makers of Australia. Our aim is to assist educators in communicating to students the importance of using quality statistical data to inform and critically analyse their research.
In 1994, the Education Services Unit (formerly the National Education Services Unit) was created to provide nationwide specialist services to the education sector particularly for Year levels 1–12.
The goals of the Education Services Unit (ESU) are to:
- Improve the statistical literacy of Australian teachers and students;
- Increase awareness and use of ABS statistics, promoting appropriate use within the classroom; and
- Be seen to be influential in statistical education.
The Education Services Unit consists of teacher consultants and other professionals who provide free materials and activities that align with many of the statistical components outlined in the Australian curriculum.
Through our webpages, you can access:
- datasets covering topics such as economy, society and community, population and environment and energy.
- activities covering topics such as mathematics, geography and the Census of Population and Housing.
- links to relevant webpages such as CensusAtSchool, Indigenous Statistics for Schools and Census.
The leading project at Education Services is CensusAtSchool. It includes a dynamic and ongoing questionnaire that asks students non-invasive question about their lives, experiences, opinions and interests. The questionnaire opens at the end of January and closes at the beginning of July. We make the data collected in the current questionnaire available once the questionnaire closes; however, there is a large amount of data from previous questionnaires that you can access all year round. We've also used CensusAtSchool data to develop a huge range of free activities that can be downloaded from our webpages.
This page last updated 13 January 2014