CSIRO Datasets Project – Building student data literacy with CSIRO research data

Graeme Buckie1, William Flynn

1CSIRO – Education and Outreach, Adelaide, Australia


In order to become empowered citizens in the modern world, students need key data literacy skills, including statistical analysis, visualisation comprehension, and data-driven critical thinking. Having access to these skills enables students to better understand what they’re being told by others, while also giving them the tools to generate their own answers using publicly accessible data. The CSIRO Datasets Project features an intuitive access platform, enabling access to CSIRO data sets and creative resources to guide teachers in introducing data analysis and computer science principles to their students, with a focus on real-world scientific research.

Participants in this workshop will explore CSIRO’s Datasets Project and develop the skills needed to bring these resources into the classroom. Over the course of the session, participants will work with educational datasets and lesson plans developed from publicly accessible research data from the CSIRO Data Access Portal. Using these resources, they will examine and develop their data analysis skills, examine the associated lesson plans in detail, discuss the importance of data visualisation, discuss cross-curricular links to data science in the Australian Curriculum and examine pedagogical practice to support their students.


To be confirmed


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