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Foundations for improving statistical literacy


Watson, J, Foundations for improving statistical literacy, Statistical Journal of the IAOS, 27, (3-4) pp. 197-204. ISSN 1874-7655 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3233/SJI-2011-0728


Improving understanding of statistical literacy requires two fundamental components, regardless of the age of the learner. On one hand a framework of the essential elements and their relationships is needed in order to plan learning experiences that are meaningful. On the other hand a potentially hierarchical pathway is needed to guide specific interventions, ensuring that the highest level of critical thinking is achieved. This paper suggests two models to provide the required foundation components and places them in the context of the developmental learning that takes place over the middle years of schooling. It is claimed, however, that the models can apply to any age of learner as a foundation for extending to more technical statistical literacy goals. The difficulties of achieving the initial goals are illustrated with data from the Australian context and suggestions are made for the school curriculum.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:statistical literacy, school statistics curriculum, development of statistical understanding
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
UTAS Author:Watson, J (Professor Jane Watson)
ID Code:73080
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2011-09-12
Last Modified:2017-11-21
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