Enabling students to understand and analyse contemporary issues in science and technology

AS Data and their limitations Activities & Weblinks


The following activities develop ideas about Data and their limitations. These ideas are also referred to in other activities.

1.3 Measurement errors
1.3 Particle collection practical

1.4 Clinical trials

1.6 Antenatal testing

1.8 The worried well

1.8 Fruit and vegetables and cancer

1.11 How could they tell?


Notes on the meaning of Reliability, Validity and Accuracy from BEEP.

An explanation of box and whisker plots from BBC Bitesize.

A useful guide on how to read statistics for journalists, with explanations of things like standard deviation and margin of error.

Bad Science teaching activities by Ben Goldacre worth exploring – one is about the placebo effect.

Useful detailed summary of many of the key terms