This paper is from Session 7A: Promoting understanding of civic statistics: Linking conceptual frameworks, datasets, visualizations, and resources
which comes under Topic 7: Statistical literacy in the wider society
Paper 7A1 (Friday 13th, 11:00-12:30)
Understanding statistics about society: A framework of knowledge and skills needed to engage with Civic Statistics
- Rosie Ridgway (University of Durham, United Kingdom)
What is statistical literacy? Here, we map some dimensions of statistical literacy that are essential if citizens are to engage meaningfully in the democratic process; these dimensions are often missing from introductory statistics classes. Dimensions are offered under three broad headings: Engagement and Action (this includes: meaning for society and policy; and critical evaluation); Knowledge (this includes: methodology; modelling; representations; and risk); and Enabling Processes (this includes: ICT and search; the quantitative core; literacy; and communication). We describe these dimensions, and exemplify them with tasks. We show how these dimensions can be displayed as a radar plot that can then be used to analyse tasks, curricula, and assessment systems.