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What is the role of statistics in integrating STEM education?

Watson, J ORCID: 0000-0002-6001-7248, Fitzallen, N and Chick, E ORCID: 0000-0002-1126-0479 2020 , 'What is the role of statistics in integrating STEM education?', in J Anderson and Y Li (eds.), Integrated Approaches to STEM Education: An International Perspective , Springer Nature Switzerland AG, Switzerland, pp. 91-115.

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Abstract

Statistics has the potential to facilitate the integration of STEM disciplines. This is possible due to its inclusion in individual STEM curricula and its utility in designing learning experiences using the pedagogical framework, the practice of statistics. Besides this, the fundamental concept of variation, which underpins statistics, is the starting point for meaningful activities in STEM contexts. In this chapter, the introduction of data and the practice of statistics, as appropriate for the school level, is shown to be essential for addressing the shortage of statisticians across STEM fields and the need for a community that is STEM literate. Implementation of learning experiences in an integrated fashion in classrooms, however, has not yet been extensive. Examples of STEM learning experiences, provided in Years 3–5, illustrate the role statistics plays in enabling students to make evidence-based decisions in a variety of disciplines and contexts.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Watson, J and Fitzallen, N and Chick, E
Keywords: statistics and STEM, statistics education, STEM careers, STEM literacy, variation
Publisher: Springer Nature Switzerland AG
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