This section provides practical information, exemplars, and tips for using data in teaching, including ideas for using data in teaching, practical advice on sharing data with students, teaching resources and teaching case studies.
Teaching Resources Rubric
The UK Data Service has developed a Teaching Resources Rubric - a one stop shop which provides direct links to the suite of Methods Guides available according to theme covered (Age, Crime, Ethnicity etc.), dataset used (Crime Survey for England & Wales, British Social Attitudes Survey, Quarterly Labour Force Survey etc.) and methodology employed (means, correlation, regression etc).
These resources provide teachers of quantitative methods with direct access to teaching and learning worksheets for use in the classroom to help students learn statistitcal techniques using real-world data from the UK Data Service. There are also practical software guides which introduce students to SPSS, Stata and R.
The Teaching Resources Rubric also includes a number of guides on using data from international organisations such as the IMF, OECD and World Bank which is available in a separate tab on the rubric.
Survey question bank
The Survey Question Bank (now part of the UK Data Service) produced a range of papers discussing the measurement of important topics and concepts, including Educational Attainment (PDF), Religiosity (PDF) and Drug use (PDF).
It has also produced a range of factsheets discussing key aspects of survey research, which are useful for students learning about and planning their own surveys. Topics include Methods of data collection in social surveys (PDF), Likert Scales and Items (PDF), Evaluating Survey Questions (PDF) and Survey Interviewing.
For the full collection of Survey Bank resources search for ‘Survey Question Bank’ in Discover.
The video below shows the five main ways users can find data on the UK Data Service website. It could be used as an introductory session of a research methods course.
You can use the following guide to complement the video: Ways to get data from the UK Data Service.
Teaching with data video tutorial
View our video tutorial highlighting the various resources available for teaching.
Many of our other guides, while not explicitly designed for learning and teaching, can be readily used in teaching. These include:
This collection can be explored through Discover.