The Statistical Education of Teachers: Preparing Teachers to Teach Statistics


In an increasingly data-driven world, statistical literacy is becoming an essential competency, not only for researchers conducting formal statistical analyses, but also for informed citizens making everyday decisions based on data. As Mark van der Laan recently wrote in Amstat News, “We need to take the field of statistics (i.e., the science of learning from data) seriously.” Because statistics and data are everywhere, it is imperative that we educate a population of data-literate people.

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