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Foundations for improving statistical literacy

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posted on 2023-05-17, 08:12 authored by Jane WatsonJane Watson
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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Publication title

Statistical Journal of the IAOS

Volume

27

Issue

3-4

Pagination

197-204

ISSN

1874-7655

Department/School

Faculty of Education

Publisher

IOS Press

Place of publication

Netherlands

Rights statement

Copyright 2011 IOS Press

Repository Status

  • Restricted

Socio-economic Objectives

Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum

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