Developing Statistical Literacy in Students and Teachers

Jim Ridgway*, James Nicholson, Sean McCusker

*Corresponding author for this work

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While statistical literacy is gaining much more recognition as something that all citizens need in order to function fully in modern society, there is much less agreement as to exactly what is meant by the term. This chapter discusses what statistical literacy is, why it is important for children at school and for teachers, and the need for our understanding to evolve to keep pace with developments worldwide. It explores the potential of new curricula introduced in South Africa and New Zealand, and the work being done in many different countries by statistical agencies to support teachers’ statistical literacy. A case study where naïve students and teachers develop skills by engaging with complex evidence on a topic of real social import is also described.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTeaching Statistics in School Mathematics-Challenges for Teaching and Teacher Education
Subtitle of host publicationA Joint ICMI/IASE Study: The 18th ICMI Study
EditorsCarmen Batanero, Gail Burrill, Chris Reading
Place of PublicationDordrecht
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9789400711310
ISBN (Print)9789400711303
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameNew ICMI Study Series
ISSN (Print)1387-6872
ISSN (Electronic)2215-1745


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