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Statistical Literacy for Active Citizenship: A Call for Data Science Education


Authors: 
Joachim Engel
Year: 
2017
URL: 
http://iase-web.org/documents/SERJ/SERJ16(1)_Engel.pdf
Abstract: 

Data are abundant, quantitative information about the state of society and the
wider world is around us more than ever. Paradoxically, recent trends in the public
discourse point towards a post-factual world that seems content to ignore or
misrepresent empirical evidence. As statistics educators we are challenged to
promote understanding of statistics about society. In order to re-root public debate to
be based on facts instead of emotions and to promote evidence-based policy
decisions, statistics education needs to embrace two areas widely neglected in
secondary and tertiary education: understanding of multivariate phenomena and the
thinking with and learning from complex data.

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