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What Educated Citizens Should Know About Statistics And Probability


Book: 
Proceedings of the sixth international conference on teaching statistics, Developing a statistically literate society
Authors: 
Utts, J.
Editors: 
Phillips, B.
Category: 
Pages: 
online
Year: 
2002
Publisher: 
International Statistical Institute
Place: 
http://www.stat.auckland.ac.nz/~iase/publications.php?show=1
URL: 
http://www.stat.auckland.ac.nz/~iase/publications/1/1b3_utts.pdf
Abstract: 

Much has changed since the widespread introduction of statistics courses into the curriculum in the 1960s and 1970s, but the way introductory statistics courses are taught has not kept up with those changes. This paper discusses the changes, and the way the introductory syllabus should change to reflect them. In particular, seven ideas are discussed that every student who takes elementary statistics should learn and understand in order to be an educated citizen. Misunderstanding these topics leads to cynicism among the public at best, and misuse of study results by physicians and others at worst.