
06439552
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2015d.00823
Finch, Sue
Gordon, Ian
The development of a first course in statistical literacy for undergraduates.
MacGillivray, Helen (ed.) et al., Topics from Australian conferences on teaching statistics. OZCOTS 20082012. New York, NY: Springer (ISBN 9781493906024/hbk; 9781493906031/ebook). Springer Proceedings in Mathematics \& Statistics 81, 7398 (2014).
2014
New York, NY: Springer
EN
K45
K75
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D35
statistical literacy
critical thinking
statistical graphics
doi:10.1007/9781493906031_6
Summary: We describe the development of a statistical literacy subject suitable for undergraduate students from any discipline. Dispositions and fundamental ideas in thinking statistically as a cognizant consumer of media and research reports are identified from the literature. Using this framework, we describe how learning is embedded in a rich context of a diverse range of realworld problems. We illustrate the importance of visual representations in teaching fundamental ideas, including those about variability and statistical modelling, without assuming a strong mathematical background. The development of statistical dispositions is supported by modelling a statistician's enquiring approach to a question informed by data, structured practice at this approach, and checklists and tips to prompt scepticism.