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Abstract Details

Activity Number: 222
Type: Topic Contributed
Date/Time: Monday, August 1, 2011 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Education
Abstract - #301412
Title: Learning to Read the Numbers: Critical Literacy and Numeracy in K-8 Classrooms
Author(s): David Whitin*+ and Phyllis Whitin
Companies: Wayne State University and Wayne State University
Address: 19836 East Ida Lane, grosse pointe woods, MI, 48236,
Keywords: statistical literacy ; critical numeracy ; elementary education

Being a critical reader of data is an integral part of literacy in today's information age. Developing the skills and attitudes necessary for this critical stance must begin in elementary school. To frame this instruction, the presenters developed a heuristic that provides questions to guide learners in interrogating data-related texts. Examples from primary and middle grades illustrate aspects of this heuristic, e.g. critiquing definitions, categories and visual representations. The stories show the importance of supporting children to be both critical composers and critical readers of texts. An interdisciplinary unit of study with fifth graders who examined how cereals are marketed to children further illustrates this perspective. Questions from the heuristic were used to guide students to critique their own methods of data collection and a nutritional rating system devised by Consume

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