10th International
Conference on
Teaching Statistics
8 – 13 July 2018
Kyoto, Japan
Contributed paper list

Contributed Paper C114

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A funny way to understand randomness


Ana Meireles (School of Communication and Media Studies, Portugal)
Cláudia Silvestre (School of Communication and Media Studies, Portugal)


Ana Meireles (Portugal)


Our information-driven societies produce daily huge amount of data from many fields, so every citizen should have statistical skills. It is agreed that the school plays a crucial role in enhancing statistical literate citizens. We believe that statistical literacy is a journey that must begin at the elementary school level.

In this work, we present an experience that helps students (about 8 or 9 years old) to perceive a statistics fundamental concept - the randomness. It proved to be a fun and efficient way of teaching the randomness concept and it also allowed important relationships with other statistical contents, such as charts and frequency tables. This experience that we called “Painting a random walk” can be easily adapted to the age of the students.