This is the first of seven linked lessons that provide the basis for an extended piece of statistical work based on population data. All seven lessons make use of population data sets available from the Population Research Bureau. This introductory lesson introduces the Demographic Transition Model for population change, and explores this using statistical calculations and graphs.

Overview of task

This is the first of seven linked lessons that provide the basis for an extended piece of statistical work based on population data. All seven lessons make use of population data sets available from the Population Research Bureau. This introductory lesson introduces the Demographic Transition Model for population change, and explores this using statistical calculations and graphs.

Mathematical strand

Statistics

Prior knowledge

This sequence of lessons should be accessible by all Core Maths students. The only prerequisites for this lesson are a good knowledge of summary statistics and graphical representations, as covered at GCSE level.

Relevance to Core Maths qualifications

•AQA

•C&G

•Eduqas

•Pearson / Edexcel

•OCR

Suggested approaches

Full teacher guidance is provided in the notes to the accompanying PowerPoint presentation. This activity provides a good starting point for classroom discussion and group work. The initial activities can be introduced on a whole-class basis, and there is ample opportunity for groups of students to explore particular aspects in more depth.

Resources/ documentation

This lesson is based on the Demographic Transition Model. An introduction to this is available on BBC Bitesize, and there is a more in-depth description on Wikipedia. The annual World Population Data Sheet provides a wealth of useful data, which is referred to throughout. The Student resource sheet includes answer sheets for the presentation questions. An assessment activity is also supplied as a separate worksheet.

Relevant digital technologies

Students will need access to a spreadsheet, and would benefit from using some of the powerful data visualisation tools available on the internet. As well as the Population Research Bureau site cited above, Gap Minder is an indispensible resource

Possible extensions

This work could easily be developed into a significant statistical project.

Acknowledgement

Developed by Tom Carpenter.

Materials