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Comparing Data Use Case

Ask students to consider the following scenario.

Suppose you were in a out of control trolley. If the trolley is not stopped it is certain that five passengers will die. In the trolley, there is an emergency brake lever. By pulling this lever, those five people will be saved. However, by pulling the lever the trolley will veer to the right, hitting a pedestrian, and guaranteeing her death. Submit "A" if you would pull the lever, or "B" if you would not pull the lever.

After some time has passed, end the session and ask students to consider the same scenario but with these added details.

Suppose you were in a out of control trolley. If the trolley is not stopped it is certain that five senior citizen passengers will die. In the trolley, there is an emergency brake lever. By pulling this lever, those five people will be saved. However, by pulling the lever the trolley will veer to the right, hitting the pedestrian, a young, windowed mother, guaranteeing her death. Submit "A" if you would pull the lever, or "B" if you would not pull the lever.

In this situation, it would be useful to compare the results of each question to see what percentage of students changed their minds after learning the details of the scenario.

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