TES collection Gapminder World Videos – from Mr Barton

Secondary Maths Collection - Gapminder World Videos – from Mr Barton

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Collection Author: Craig Barton - Maths AST and creator of www.mrbartonmaths.com (TES Name: mrbartonmaths)

Gapminder World is an outstanding website which can used to quickly and dynamically display a whole host of fascinating sets of data, from life expectancy and literacy rates to the quality of a nation’s teeth. It can help give students a better feel for the world around them, and instil a greater understanding and interest in the world of statistics.

The aim of this series of short videos is to showcase some of the most interesting relationships on Gapminder World to give you some ideas of how the website might be used in lessons.

I hope you find them useful.

The videos:


  • This is an introduction which takes you through how to access the Gapminder World website and how to use some of the basic tools, such as how to select different variables, highlight specific countries, and track changes through time.

Health and Wealth

  • Here we look at how the world has developed over the last two hundred years by focusing on the relationship between a country’s life expectancy and the average income of the country’s inhabitants. For the analysis we look specifically on three countries: China, Rwanda and the UK.

Water Week Special

  • This is a video that I created especially for Oxfam’s water week, and it looks at the different levels of access to water for counties all over the world.

Marriage and Children

  • Here we look at the relationship between the age women are getting married and their fertility rate, and we observe some startling results. Once again three countries are chosen for our focus: China, the UK and Algeria.

BMI and Teeth

  • Is there a link between how wealthy a country is and the average Body Mass Index of its population? Is there a link between the wealth of a country and the quality of its population’s teeth? There’s only one way to find out!

Who is best at Maths?

  • What is the relationship between a country’s wealth and their children’s maths scores? Which country’s children perform best at maths? And finally, can we use this data to make a case that boys are better at maths than girls?

Income and Growth

  • Is there a relationship between the wealth of a country and its growth rate? Do rich counties keep getting richer, or do poorer countries grow faster as they have more capacity and potential? And what on earth is going on with China? As ever, there is only one way to find out!

CO2 Emissions

  • Which country in the world is the highest emitter of C02 per person and how has this changed over time? As ever, there is only one way to find out and you might just be surprised at the results!

Labour Force Participation

  • What percentage of males aged 15 to 64 are employed in countries across the world? What regions have the highest levels of employment? Is it to do with wealth or tradition? How about if we look at females aged 15 to 64? Lots of questions that need answering by Gapminder World!

Population Growth Rates

  • This week we look at some time series data on population growth rates around the world. How does the growth rate of the UK and USA compare to that of Qatar and Kosovo, and what on earth is going on in the Cayman Islands?

Employment Rates

  • This week we take a look at Employment Rates around the world. Is it the case that the richer you are, the higher proportion of your population are in work? And how about if we just look at 15-24 year olds?

Gapminder and Autograph

  • In this video, we fuse together two of my favourite things - Gapminder World and Autograph. We see how we can process the data from Gapminder using Autograph’s powerful statistical engine in order to analyse the strength of correlation. More statistical diagrams next week.

A new Gapminder World video will be added each week, so keep checking back for more!

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