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Activity Number: 119
Type: Topic Contributed
Date/Time: Monday, August 2, 2010 : 8:30 AM to 10:20 AM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Education
Abstract - #306638
Title: Statistical Literacy: A Short Course
Author(s): Gerald J. Hahn*+ and Necip Doganaksoy and Ricki Lewis and Jane E. Oppenlander and Josef Schmee
Companies: GE Global Research (Retired) and GE Global Research and Author and geneticist and Union Graduate College and Union College (Retired)
Address: 1404 Orlyn Drive, Schenectady, NY, 12309, U.S.A.
Keywords: Adult education ; Lifelong learning ; Numbers in everyday life

Building a statistically literate society is one of our profession's major challenges. In addition to addressing students, we need reach those who have already completed their formal education, and who might not be willing or able to take a full-fledged course in statistics. This potential audience can often be best reached by short, less formal courses through lifelong learning or adult education programs. We were invited to develop and present such a course, consisting of five two-hour lectures, for the Union College (Schenectady, NY) Academy of Lifelong Learning. We describe the course, strategically entitled "Numbers in Everyday Life" and our experiences in giving it. Our aim is to help others who might teach a similar course or promote its creation; most of our presentation charts, etc. can be accessed on The talk elaborates on a February 2009 Amstat News article.

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