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Activity Number: 38 - Encouraging a Critical Mindset on Social Statistics
Type: Topic Contributed
Date/Time: Monday, August 3, 2020 : 10:00 AM to 11:50 PM
Sponsor: International Statistical Institute
Abstract #312790
Title: Encouraging a Critical Mindset on Social Statistics
Author(s): Anushka A Karkelanova* and Milo Schield* and Melissa Pittard* and Amanda Ellis* and Emma Bojinova*
Companies: University of Kentucky and Augsburg University and University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University and University of Connecticut
Keywords: Social statistics; Education; Data Science Education

This session intends to encourage consumers of statistical information to broaden their current statistical mindset and serve as a reminder that we do not live on an Island of One. In today’s culture, it is easy for a person to succumb to confirmation bias and primarily ingest quantitative information, which conforms to their worldviews. Panelists will discuss various methods to encourage consumers of statistical information to challenge their personal views and broaden their current knowledge base. Examples of topics include exploration of worldwide statistics through GapMinder (, discussion of the importance of critically analyzing information from social media, methods to promote the exploration of statistics from differing political views and ways to motivate students to connect statistical ides with their individual interest through classroom discussion. Statistical educators need to help student focus more on reading and interpreting social statistics.

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