“Learning the Language of Statistics: Challenges and Teaching Approaches


Authors: 
Peter K. Dunn, Michael D. Carey, Alice M. Richardson, and Christine McDonald
Year: 
2016
URL: 
http://iase-web.org/documents/SERJ/SERJ15(1)_Dunn.pdf
Abstract: 

Learning statistics requires learning the language of statistics. Statistics draws upon words from general English, mathematical English, discipline-specific English and words used primarily in statistics. This leads to many linguistic challenges in teaching statistics and the way in which the language is used in statistics creates an extra layer of challenge. This paper identifies several challenges in teaching statistics related to language. Some implications for the effective learning and teaching of statistics are raised and methods to help students overcome these linguistic challenges are suggested.