Lesson: Peter Mili_Exploring Life Expectancy With Global Data

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Lesson Objective

This lesson has students examining Life Expectancy and per capita Gross Domestic Product data for a sample of countries around the world. This data will be displayed and analyzed to help address this question: Does your purchasing live determine how long you will live?

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ExploringLifeExpectancyWithGlobalDataLessonPlan.pdf  
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Deborah Cunningham Posted 4 years ago:

This ingenious question will draw students right in, and require them to display strong math skills – as well as broader critical thinking skills – to answer.  Using global data is a great way to develop students’ mathematical competency and global knowledge simultaneously.  (Sharing this lesson with a social studies teacher might lead to a fruitful extended exploration of this question and the factors involved; students are likely to generate as many questions as they answer through this lesson.)

 An interesting discussion is bound to occur in response to the question “Does your purchasing power determine how long you will live?”  While your teacher notes allude to the importance of distinguishing between causation and correlation, an equally important discussion could revolve around the word “determine”: does data that measures averages allow us to “determine” lifespan?  How is it useful, and how is it limited when applied to any individual case? 

This project would benefit from a careful proofreading (“earning “ or “learning”?  “date” or “data”?).  But otherwise it is a clever and thorough application of global and mathematic skills and knowledge to an engaging and significant question.

--Primary Source staff


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