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

Contributed Paper C285


Prospective teachers’ critical thinking regarding statistical and probabilistic information in a newspaper article on medical research


Mehtap Kus (Middle East Technical University, Turkey)
Erdinc Cakiroglu (Middle East Technical University, Turkey)


Mehtap Kus (Turkey)


This study aimed to examine prospective mathematics teachers’ critical thinking processes while making sense of a medical research appeared in a newspaper article, which was about the detection of pregnancy with Down syndrome through a blood test. Participants of the study were four senior prospective mathematics teachers in a public university. Data were collected through in-depth interviews and analyzed based on critical thinking framework proposed by Facione (1990). The findings of the study revealed that participants reflected various critical thinking processes, which mostly depended upon the extent to which they made sense of the statistical information and the context of medical issue. This study enlightens us about the interplay between statistical literacy and critical thinking in out-of-school contexts such as newspaper articles.