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Within the background information provided for each data set, we suggest a few questions that one might ask about the data. But we've left these suggestions to a minimum because we anticipate that educators will use the data sets in many different ways. In this sense, the QELP data set collection is simply a resource, not a suggested or prescribed curriculum. That said, you may want a better understanding of how we and others use data sets in the classroom. We provide some short examples here and longer ones in the next two pages.
We often use data sets in lectures or discussions or in simple homework problems. Here are a few short questions that you might pose to students in quantitative reasoning, statistics, or precalculus courses. Use WebStat to work online, or download the data sets to the technology of your choice.


Source: Ken Hammond, USDA 
Greg Langkamp and Joe Hull, "ClassroomReady Data Sets in Environmental Math  Investigating Data in the Classroom: Short Example," Loci (December 2004)
Journal of Online Mathematics and its Applications