This activity is based on using data that has been chosen by an expert group on iconic UK designs and then voted on by a sample of 2 000 adults. The main activity here is to see how much agreement there is between the ranked list and the choices of the students and to consider measures of correlation, moving on to an introduction to Spearman’s Rank Correlation Coefficient.

Summary

This activity is based on using data that has been chosen by an expert group on iconic UK designs and then voted on by a sample of 2 000 adults. The main activity here is to see how much agreement there is between the ranked list and the choices of the students and to consider measures of correlation, moving on to an introduction to Spearman’s Rank Correlation Coefficient.

Mathematical strand

Statistics

Prior knowledge

This only requires familiarity with number work and basic statistics.

Relevance to Core Maths qualifications

•AQA

•C&G

•Eduqas

•Pearson / Edexcel

•OCR

Suggested approaches

Initial discussion about the context for motivation and using choices from your group of students of items that should have been included in the list is a good starting point before making comparisons.

Resources/documentation

In addition to this overview there are:

• Teacher guidance notes

• Handouts

• Datasheet

Relevant digital technologies

No technology is needed, but spreadsheets could be used for the analysis.

Possible extensions

There are many potential extensions into different contexts; for example:

• Top 20 songs

• Best places to holiday

Another extension is to consider significance testing on choices made according to age or gender.

Acknowledgement

This is a resource developed by David Burghes (CIMT, Plymouth University) with contributions from Tom Rainbow (Ivybridge School).

Materials

- Statistics_Patriotic by design Worksheet.docx
- Statistics_Patriotic Design_Datasheet 1.docx
- Statistics_Patriotic Design_Guidance.docx
- Statistics_Patriotic Design_Overview.docx
- Statistics_Rank order.docx
- Statistics_Patriotic Design_Handout 1.docx
- Statistics_Patriotic Design_Handout 2.docx
- Statistics_Patriotic by design.docx
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