Teaching statistics to 16-18 year olds: Dreams and reality


Book: 
Proceedings of the First International Conference on Teaching Statistics, 1982
Authors: 
Nemetz, T.
Editors: 
Grey, D. R., Holmes, P., Barnett, V., & Constable, G. M.
Category: 
Volume: 
I
Pages: 
199-207
Year: 
1983
Publisher: 
Organising Committee of the First International Conference on Teaching Statistics
Place: 
Sheffield
Abstract: 

Many statisticians are convinced that statistics, as an independent and compulsory subject, should be included in secondary-level general education. There are different (sometimes quite ambitious) proposals for the subject matter. Our real possibilities seem, however, not to match them. In this paper we discuss some aspects of this confrontation. Our conclusion is, that to a certain extent, statistics can be dealt with within mathematics. Examples are given to show how one can embed statistical notions into traditionally taught mathematics. Still much effort has to be taken to improve conditions for a widespread introduction of an independent statistics course.