Global Child Mortality

This task uses statistics to assess whether the UN millennium goal (set in 2000) to reduce the under-five child mortality rate by two-thirds by the year 2015 has been realised.

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Summary

This task uses statistics to assess whether the UN millennium goal (set in 2000) to reduce the under-five child mortality rate by two-thirds by the year 2015 has been realised.

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Strand

Statistics

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Prior knowledge

Statistical techniques

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Relevance to Core Maths qualifications

•AQA

•C&G

•Eduqas

•Pearson / Edexcel

•OCR

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Suggested approaches

Distribute the article in advance (like pre-release data). Discuss and set the task to assess whether the UN millennium goal has been realised. Students can work in small groups to complete the task. The results could be presented as a report, presentation or poster.

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Resources/documentation

In addition to these teacher notes there is an article that sets the context, available from https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2008/01/mort-j31.html. The data is available from Gapminder http://www.gapminder.org/data/.

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Relevant digital technologies

A spreadsheet can be used to manipulate and represent the data.

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Possible extensions

There is a 2015 report by UNICEF which students could compare their results with: http://www.unicef.org/media/files/IGME_report_2015_child_mortality_final.pdf

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Acknowledgement

Developed by Gill King of Blackpool College.