Why teach descriptive statistics in secondary schools?


Book: 
Proceedings of the First International Conference on Teaching Statistics, 1982
Authors: 
Winter, H.
Editors: 
Grey, D. R., Holmes, P., Barnett, V., & Constable, G. M.
Category: 
Volume: 
I
Pages: 
127-143
Year: 
1983
Publisher: 
Organising Committee of the First International Conference on Teaching Statistics
Place: 
Sheffield
Abstract: 

In this paper I intend to propose some arguments in favour of Descriptive Statistics (DS) in the school curriculum. I think every pupil has to learn some elementary procedures, skills and concepts concerning gathering, representation, summarization, characterizing, analyzing and interpretation of data. The main aim of this paper is to convince teachers in Secondary Schools both of the importance and teachability of DS; therefore, I will give some practical suggestions too. Let me present my paper in the form of 5 theses; the first 4 may be called descriptive and the 5th prescriptive.