Evaluating Data

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When evidence takes the form of statistics, infographics, or other data presentations, it can be particularly tempting to accept it without fully evaluating whether it is reliable and relevant to the claims being made. This lesson builds on the “Intro to What is the evidence?” lesson and offers students specific practice in evaluating the relevance and reliability of data evidence.

This lesson gives students a chance to practice evaluating varied forms of data as evidence. Students discuss why data and infographics can be particularly tricky to evaluate, and then work in groups to evaluate several examples of online evidence.

Crash Course Video #8: Data & Infographics

John Green explains why it’s important to investigate the relevance and reliability of statistics and infographics posted online. 

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