"Real data bring learning to life"
The use of data in teaching is an invaluable way for learners to engage with real-life research. By investigating the collections held at the UK Data Service, learners can find out how real data is originally conceived, collected, analysed and managed.
Data based on well-known studies or surveys can bring both substantive and methodological topics alive.
Using data in teaching can also enable critical engagement through the evaluation of the strengths and limitations of particular collections and their methodologies.
Our teaching datasets have been prepared for ease of use for learners. They are data files of a manageable size, which may have some features in a simplified form (e.g. weights). However, they are still real data which can be used to explore substantive topics.
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.