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Statistical literacy, a statistics curriculum for school students, the pedagogical content needs of teachers, and the Australian Curriculum

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Watson, J, Statistical literacy, a statistics curriculum for school students, the pedagogical content needs of teachers, and the Australian Curriculum, Curriculum Perspectives, 33, (3) pp. 58-69. ISSN 0159-7868 (2013) [Refereed Article]


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Abstract

When changes in society require new skills and understanding for citizens to function productively, pressure is put on the education system to fi nd the space and means to educate young people in the associated subject matter. Such it is with statistical literacy in the 21st century. H.G. Wells is credited with saying, over 100 years ago, that "statistical thinking will one day be as necessary for effi cient citizenship as the ability to read and write" (Huff, 1991). That day has come and this paper considers the issues associated with preparing today’s students in schools to become statistically literate. After setting out the goals of statistical literacy, the implications for a school curriculum and its teachers are considered. An exploration of the Australian Curriculum presents its strengths and weakness in satisfying the goal of statistical literacy when students leave school.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Australian curriculum, pedagogical content knowledge, statistical literacy
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and Pedagogy
Research Field:Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Curriculum
Objective Field:Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum
Author:Watson, J (Professor Jane Watson)
ID Code:87984
Year Published:2013
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP0208607)
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2013-12-28
Last Modified:2018-03-18
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