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data, teaching with data, social sciences


Purdue University Libraries participated in a multi-institution study about how instructors teach with data in social sciences courses. Thirteen semi-structured interviews were conducted with social sciences faculty who teach undergraduate students to use data, addressing questions about how faculty connect students to data; how students work with data; what types of support faculty have received that informs their teaching with data. Four broad themes emerged from qualitative coding of the interview transcripts: an array of purposes and practices for teaching about data; instructors' experiences, needs, and perspectives; managing wide-ranging student confidence and ability; technical concerns when teaching with data. The report concludes with recommendations for campus-level and Libraries actions that can further support instructors who teach undergraduate students to use data in social sciences courses.


This report is part of a multi-institution study organized by ITHAKA S+R.