Social Sciences

Databases can contain a variety of data, which can be displayed in different ways. Anytime location is important to your question, one option for displaying this data is in map form. Any number of factors, such as age, sex, employment, and transportation can be displayed as a function of location. Organizing information in different ways, by arranging tables differently, creating charts, or looking at maps, can be a good way to notice an interesting trend or think about a new angle for approaching a question.

Using visual ways to approach information can also be a very effective teaching tool because some people learn better that way. It can spark students to ask questions of their own as well, and can be very effective for group projects.


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