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Developing statistical literacy with Year 9 students

Sashi Sharma, Phil Doyle, Viney Shandil and Semisi Talakia'atu

One of the most important goals for teaching statistics is to prepare students to deal with the statistical information that increasingly impacts on their everyday lives. Students need to be able to critically evaluate statistical information and data-based arguments. The findings of this collaborative research study of Year 9 students suggest that all students can and should be exposed to critical thinking in statistics, and identify some ways that teaching of statistical literacy might be altered for greater effectiveness.

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