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The development of statistical literacy at school

Callingham, R ORCID: 0000-0001-5703-5261 and Watson, JM 2017 , 'The development of statistical literacy at school' , Statistics Education Research Journal, vol. 16, no. 1 , pp. 181-201 .

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Abstract

Statistical literacy increasingly is considered an important outcome of schooling.There is little information, however, about appropriate expectations of students atdifferent stages of schooling. Some progress towards this goal was made by Watsonand Callingham (2005), who identified an empirical 6-level hierarchy of statisticalliteracy and the distribution of middle school students across the levels, usingarchived data from 1993-2000. There is interest in reconsidering these outcomes adecade later, during which statistics and probability has become a recognised strandof the Australian mathematics curriculum. Using a new data-set of over 7000 studentresponses from middle-years students in different parts of Australia during the period2007-2009, the nature of the hierarchy was confirmed. Longitudinal analysisidentified how students performed across time against the hierarchy. Suggestions aremade for systems and teachers about realistic expectations for middle-years students,and possible curriculum challenges.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Callingham, R and Watson, JM
Keywords: statistical literacy, student assessment
Journal or Publication Title: Statistics Education Research Journal
Publisher: International Association for Statistical Education
ISSN: 1570-1824
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Copyright 2017 International Association for Statistical Education (IASE/ISI)

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