W07: Developing understanding of civic statistics: the important things we miss in Stat 101/102

Iddo Gal (University of Haifa, Israel), Jim Ridgway & James Nicholson (Durham University, UK)


Thursday May 16, 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm


This workshop aims to help those who want to develop students' knowledge and understanding regarding statistics about society, i.e., "civic statistics" which relate to, e.g., crime, poverty, employment, income, and other "burning topics" involving social and economic contexts. The workshop is based on products from ProCivicStat, a collaboration of 6 universities from 5 countries, funded by the ERASMUS+ program of the European Union. 
We will review the unique characteristics of civic statistics (which involve dynamic, multivariate phenomena, rich texts, rich visualizations, deeply contextualized) and a new conceptual model regarding knowledge bases and enabling processes needed to understand and engage with civic statistics; explore new lesson plans involving texts from media and official statistics providers, examine the advantages of simple visualization tools for studying statistics about socially-relevant topics; and discuss ideas for teaching practices and curriculum design that can promote statistical literacy.