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Improving teachers' professional statistical literacy


Pierce, R and Chick, H and Wander, R, Improving teachers' professional statistical literacy, Topics from Australian conferences on teaching statistics (OZCOTS 2008-2012), Springer, H. MacGillivray, M.A. Martin & B. Phillips (ed), New York, USA, pp. 295-309. ISBN 978-1-4939-0603-1 (2014) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-1-4939-0603-1_16


© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014. Given the deluge of data that school principals and teachers receive as a result of student assessment, it has become essential for them to have statistical literacy skills and understanding. Earlier work with primary and secondary teachers in Victoria revealed that, although most saw school statistical reports as valuable for planning and thought that they could adequately interpret them, their confidence was often not well founded, with some fundamental misconceptions evident in their statistical understanding. Based on these results, a workshop was developed to target key aspects of statistical literacy particularly relevant to the education context. The workshop incorporated simple hands-on activities to develop understanding of box plot representations, critiquing descriptions of distributions and applying the newly learned principles to participants’ own school reports. Although principals and teachers responded favourably to the activities, delayed post-testing indicated limited retention of the relevant aspects of statistical literacy. These results suggest that when teachers are dealing with data on only one or two occasions in a year, it may be important to provide timely and efficient access to reminders of basic concepts.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:statistical literacy, teacher knowledge, assessment
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:Teacher and instructor development
UTAS Author:Chick, H (Associate Professor Helen Chick)
ID Code:95456
Year Published:2014
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (LP100100388)
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2014-10-02
Last Modified:2017-12-14

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