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Teaching strategies to promote statistical literacy: review and implementation

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Publication date07/2010
Host publicationICOTS 8 proceedings: International Conference on Teaching Statistics 2010 Ljubljana, Slovenia
EditorsChris Reading
Place of publicationAuckland, New Zealand
PublisherInternational Association for Statistical Education
Number of pages4
Original languageEnglish


In the past few years statistics educators have emphasised the importance of statistical literacy in the statistics education reform movement. Many educational researchers argue that the topic of statistical literacy should be part of an introductory statistics course syllabus. This article gives an overview of useful techniques for developing a reform-based statistics course, underlining the
place of statistical literacy in this framework. Summarised recommendations incorporate many innovations employed in a variety of successful statistics classes today. We suggest that introductory statistics courses, and in particular the statistical literacy component, will benefit from additional curricular material aimed at encouraging students to become informed and critically thinking consumers of statistical information, thereby promoting motivation to learn
statistics. The directions and approaches to developing such curriculum material are discussed.