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Reflections on a 20-year statistics education research journey, 1999–2019

Maxine Pfannkuch, Chris Wild, Pip Arnold, and Stephanie Budgett

The first two decades of the 21st century has heralded an unprecedented data revolution increasingly impacting our daily lives. Statistics education must continually update itself to prepare students for this new data-driven world. In this reflection on our research during this time, we discuss how fostering learning from data brought many challenges. We uncovered many gaps in the curriculum and consequently student understanding of the rich network of interconnecting ideas that underpin statistical thinking and reasoning. Teaching statistics in today’s world requires focusing on the big ideas that will endure, particularly as we become immersed in an era of data science and artificial intelligence.

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