Life Expectancy PowerPoint

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Secondary school
History, geography & social studies.

About this PowerPoint

Life expectancy is a very important measure when we compare the health of different countries. However, students often misunderstand some of the characteristics of life expectancy. This PowerPoint presentation focuses on two of these characteristics:

  1. Life expectancy is an average. Most people live either much longer or much shorter than what the life expectancy indicates.
  2. When life expectancy is low, this is mostly due to a very high child mortality rate. Those that survive the dangers of childhood can expect to live to a relatively old age, even in countries with very low life expectancy.

To illustrate these points we display the expected life spans of five newborns in the African country of Burundi and five newborns in Sweden.

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Teacher’s guide: Global Development Quiz

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Secondary school
History & social studies.

About the Quiz/Teacher’s guide

Use this quiz to introduce subjects such as global health, the effects of HIV, population growth and carbon dioxide emissions, or as starting point to discuss what development is. What do the indicators in these quizzes say about the world?
Several of the questions illustrate the so-called demographic transition: most countries in the world have gone from having many children and high mortality to few children and low mortality.

The quiz uses Gapminder World. All you’ll need is the Internet, a computer and a projector. Download the PDF and get going!

Resources for teachers

We are planning to develop resources and manuals to make it easier for teachers to use gapminder in their teaching.

We already have found a couple of resources on the net (see links below).

We welcome any feedback, suggestions or comments from teachers who wants to use, or are already using, the resources of gapminder in their teaching. You can post a comment on this blog or send us an email.

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