JSM 2011 Online Program

The views expressed here are those of the individual authors and not necessarily those of the JSM sponsors, their officers, or their staff.

My Program

Abstract Details

Activity Number: 321
Type: Invited
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 : 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Education
Abstract - #300181
Title: Strategies for Stimulating Statistical Literacy and Understanding Quantitative Evidence in Higher Education in the UK
Author(s): Gillian Lancaster*+
Companies: Lancaster University
Address: Postgraduate Statistics Centre, Lancaster, International, LA1 4YF, UK
Keywords: statistical literacy ; quantitative methods ; higher education ; postgraduate
Abstract:

Statistical literacy plays an important part in our every day lives, helping us to make sense of news reports, magazine articles and health scares that can be over-sensationalised by the media. Yet there is currently a great need to encourage people to engage with, understand and question the quantitative information around us. Many courses on statistical methods are unpopular, as people cannot see the value of learning statistics and view it as a recipe collection of hard-to-grasp methods. The problem of disengagement is seen across the spectrum - in schools, in the workplace and in Higher Education, and this has stimulated a number of international initiatives including the Royal Statistical Society's 'getstats' campaign and the International Statistical Literacy Project (ISLP). Various frameworks have been proposed to stimulate learners' interest and take many guises. Problem-based learning for example can be both a data-driven process with little contextual motivation or a method of independent self-directed learning. This paper gives examples of some of the teaching strategies and networking initiatives undertaken by the Postgraduate Statistics Centre, Lancaster University.


The address information is for the authors that have a + after their name.
Authors who are presenting talks have a * after their name.

Back to the full JSM 2011 program




2011 JSM Online Program Home

For information, contact jsm@amstat.org or phone (888) 231-3473.

If you have questions about the Continuing Education program, please contact the Education Department.