StatsCan bulletin Feb2012

This bulletin highlights the latest free information and teaching materials available on Statistics Canada’s Learning resources website.

In this issue:


Census at School lesson—Are you a “modal” student?New version for grades 4 and 5

A picture is worth a thousand words; well maybe it is worth a thousand numbers, too. Students will choose a few survey questions, find the mode of their results and then describe the typical or “modal” student in your class using words and drawings. Have fun!

Watch the Facebook or TeacherTube video tutorials which give step-by step instructions on how to register and prepare your class for the survey. You can link to these videos from the Teachers page of the Census at School website.

Who is attending postsecondary education and when?

Between the ages of 18 to 20, about 55% of young adults enroll in some form of postsecondary education, with this share increasing to 81% by age 26 to 28. While many factors influence a student’s continuation with schooling, parental education is the single most important determinant.

Find out more in two recently published articles:

  1. Length of Time between High School Graduation and Enrolling in Postsecondary Education: Who Delays and Who Does Not?
  2. Postsecondary Education Participation among Underrepresented and Minority Groups

Go to Career Education: Key resources, and see “Education matters: bi-monthly periodical”.

Health updates: Cancer rates

The five year prevalence rate of all cancers combined rose 2.1% per year from 1997 to 2008, and the five year survival rate rose 3% from 1998 to 2003.

Read more in the new study: Trends in the prevalence of cancer and in recent cancer survival statistics.

On the Health and Physical Education: Key resources page, under Articles, find Health and scroll down to The Daily: Diseases and health conditions


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