Statistics and probability in the school mathematics curriculum: A review of the ASA-NCTM Quantitative Literacy Project


Book: 
The Second International Conference on Teaching Statistics, 1986
Authors: 
Scheaffer, R. L., & Burrill, G.
Editors: 
Davidson, R., & Swift, J.
Category: 
Pages: 
141-144
Year: 
1986
Publisher: 
The Second International Committee on Teaching Statistics
Place: 
Victoria, B.C.
Abstract: 

This paper discusses the NCTM Quantitative Literacy Project. Teachers, and then students, must be trained to make intelligent decisions based on numerical information if our society is to grow and prosper. Such training is the goal of the Quantitative Literacy Project, which is directed by a joint committee of the American Statistical Association and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. It is the intent of this three-year project to complete the following activities: 1. Provide guidelines on the teaching of statistics and probability within the mathematics curriculum; 2. Develop a model inservice program for training teachers in modern statistical concepts and in methods for teaching these concepts; 3. Produce curriculum materials to assist teachers in the proper presentation of statistical and probabilistic concepts, and encourage further development in natural and social sciences; and 4. Develop a mechanism to evaluate the effectiveness of the materials and the techniques for teaching statistics.

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