This paper is from Session 7B: Statistical literacy requirements for teachers
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which comes under Topic 7: Statistical literacy in the wider society

(Monday 14th, 10:55-12:25)

Teachers’ views related to goals of the statistics classroom – from global to content-specific



When teachers design learning opportunities in the statistics classroom, they should be aware of specific goals related to statistical literacy – and they should be able to refer to these goals when evaluating the learning potential of tasks. Consequently, possessing corresponding professional knowledge can be seen as a key requirement for teachers. However, as empirical research into these professional knowledge components is still scarce, this study focuses on this area and aims at identifying needs for professional development. The results suggest that many teachers did not see fostering students’ understanding of statistical variation as a prominent goal and that they hardly acknowledged the learning potential of corresponding tasks.