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This is a session of Topic 8: Other determinants & developments in Statistics education             Full topic list

(Monday 3rd, 16:00-18:00)

History and the teaching of Statistics



The history of science shows the difficulties the human mind has to face when trying to conquer the knowledge of reality. Following the historical development of a discipline helps to understand better the concepts on which the discipline relies, its limitations and its concerns. This is particularly true for a subject like statistics which has different roots and perspectives.

The history of how statistics was recognised as a teaching discipline in different countries is also important because it testifies to the value of the discipline in time and in space. On this subject, for many reasons, it is not so easy to circulate information.

The aims of this session are
  • to give international perspective to the researchers who have investigated the history of statistics and its teaching in their countries all over the world, particularly in Latin-American countries;
  • to show the links that in the past have connected statisticians in a cooperative way all over the world;
  • to present evidence of how, today, the history of statistics can be utilised to enrich the teaching of the discipline at all levels.


PaperTitlePresenter(s) / Author(s)
8D1Piaget’s viewpoint on the teaching of probability: a breaking-off with the historical notion of chance?Ernesto San Martín (Chile)
8D2Teaching Statistics in a critical way: historical, philosophical and political aspects of StatisticsKaren François (Belgium)
Nele Bracke
8D3Parallels, similarities and differences in teaching Statistics during the 20th century in Colombia and MexicoMario Miguel Ojeda (Mexico)
Roberto Behar Gutiérrez
8D4Fifteen years of IASE: mission and instrumentsGilberte Schuyten (Belgium)
Maria-Gabriella Ottaviani (Italy)