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This is a session of Topic 5: Statistics education and the wider society             Full topic list

(Thursday 6th, 10:30-12:30)

Statistical literacy: concepts, gaps, indicators



The promotion of statistical literacy in the wider society requires more than good intentions or wishful thinking that formal knowledge of statistics is sufficient to cope with statistical tasks and messages facing citizens in general. It requires development and alignment of conceptual frameworks, teaching/learning processes, systems of indicators and assessments, and an evidence base. This session is planned to include presentations that will address the implementation of conceptual frameworks of statistical literacy in (a) diverse educational efforts targeted at developing statistical literacy, including in non-formal contexts, and/or in (b) assessments that examine the level of statistical literacy (or some of its components) in school-age or adult populations.

The session will enable presenters to discuss findings and gaps regarding aspects of people’s statistical literacy skills and dispositions, for example on the basis of international comparative studies such as PISA, TIMSS, or ALL; national surveys; or local assessments. It is expected that all talks will build from some findings to examine implications for educational practice, policy, or future research needs or challenges in developing new assessment tools, with a focus on aspects of statistical literacy (not generic or formal knowledge of statistics). (Those who are only starting a study whose findings may be relevant in this regard, or expect large-scale data to become available downstream, are encouraged to send an inquiry even if they do not have a full report by the deadline for application).


PaperTitlePresenter(s) / Author(s)
5A1Statistical illiteracy in Latin America: a consequence of the different visions about the meaning of statisticsCarlos Araujo (Chile)
5A2What kind of statistical culture is offered by the Mexican educational system?Olga Leticia Escudero (Mexico)
Fortino Escareño Soberanes
5A3How statistically literate are adults? Results from two international comparative studiesIddo Gal (Israel)
5A4Probing college statistics teachers’ instructional goals and classroom practices within a statistical literacy frameworkEnriqueta Reston (Philippines)
Liza Lorena C Jala
Timoteo P Edullantes