This is a session of Topic 1: Working cooperatively in Statistics education Full topic list
(Tuesday 4th, 14:00-15:30)
Co-operative efforts involving Statistics, local culture and consumers
As many of us continue to think about reform in the statistics education of our students, and in particular what are the core statistical concepts we want our students to learn and more importantly retain
for meaningful lifelong use, we are forced to think about the situations in which statistics impacts citizens’ lives. Where in everyday living do we find situations in which citizens need to have knowledge of statistics that they can use to make a difference in the quality of their lives? Surely these include risk and its understanding by the public and media on health matters and other contexts so that decisions can be made more intelligently; education as governments are wanting to have more effect on accountability in schools; personal identity issues as data bases become larger and techniques more sophisticated for good or bad; legal settings and how statistics is applied in criminal justice and criminology. These are but a sampling of areas to investigate the extent to which there exist co-operative efforts involving statistics, local culture, and consumers, as well as to what extent the media is helping themselves and the public become intelligent users of statistics.