Enhancing statistical literacy

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Current secondary school statistics curricula focus on procedural knowledge and
pay too little attention to statistical reasoning. As a result, students are not able to apply their knowledge to practice. In addition, education often targets the average student, which may lead to gifted students missing challenge. This study explored ways to enhance grade 8 (Pre-University level) students’ statistical literacy through within-class differentiation. The developed course materials consisted of a differentiated module in the Digital Mathematics
Environment (DME), combined with investigation activities during classroom sessions. The material focused on statistical reasoning using visual representations made with TinkerPlots. We concluded that this teaching arrangement indeed increased students’ statistical literacy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Tenth Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education (CERME10, February 1-5, 2017)
EditorsThérèse Dooley, Ghislaine Gueudet
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-873769-73-7
Publication statusPublished - 5 Feb 2017
Event10th Congress of European Research in Mathematics Education (CERME10) - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 1 Feb 20175 Feb 2017


Conference10th Congress of European Research in Mathematics Education (CERME10)


  • Statistical literacy
  • descriptive statistics
  • Digital Mathematics Environment
  • leveldifferentiation
  • TinkerPlots


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