## Planning a Statistical Literacy Program at the College Level: Musings and a Bibliography. ASA (2004)

Venue: | 2004 Proceedings of the Section on Statistical Education |

Citations: | 2 - 0 self |

### BibTeX

@INPROCEEDINGS{Hayden04planninga,

author = {Robert W. Hayden},

title = {Planning a Statistical Literacy Program at the College Level: Musings and a Bibliography. ASA},

booktitle = {2004 Proceedings of the Section on Statistical Education},

year = {2004}

}

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### Abstract

Much has been written in recent years on statistical literacy, but what do we mean by “statistical literacy”? I will take a pragmatic approach and provide resources to help you to define this term for yourself and implement your idea of statistical literacy in the classroom. This paper includes a bibliography of relevant resources. The text provides notes on the bibliography and ruminates on the issues involved. Even if my conclusions differ from yours, the bibliography and discussion may still prove useful in defining, defending and implementing a statistical literacy program. Planning a statistical literacy program I will discuss the improvement of statistical literacy in the context of school, particularly in colleges or universities, the context I know best. However, much that I say will be relevant to a potential high school course, or to efforts to enhance statistical literacy by integrating it into the K-12 curriculum. There are three main steps to improving statistical literacy. 1. Define “statistical literacy”. 2. Gather the resources you need to achieve it. 3. Implement a specific plan. Defining statistical literacy We can provisionally define “statistical literacy ” as the skills a person needs in order to deal with issues of probability and statistics that arise in everyday life. That is still pretty general (e.g., “Which issues are ‘statistical ’?”). Recent years have seen many recommendations to improve quantitative and statistical literacy — usually as part of an effort to reform the teaching of mathematics and statistics