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Do we need a public understanding of statistics?


Roten, Fabienne Crettaz von


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Abstract This paper explores arguments in favor of a public understanding of statistics and suggests its possible contributions to the analysis of surveys of attitudes toward science. Statistics permeates all aspects of life—from education, work, media, and health, to citizenship. For example, most media reporting includes statistical references to health, social and demographic trends, education, and economics. The pervasiveness of statistics poses a problem, as statistics is a difficult discipline associated with misunderstandings, which ruin trust and lead to misgivings. Civic scientific literacy covers statistics insufficiently, both theoretically and empirically. Finally, this paper formulates new explanations, built on statistical literacy, of empirical results found in surveys of attitudes toward science and suggests modes for the development of statistical literacy in this context.
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2006
Seitenangabe S. 243-249
Zeitschriftentitel Public Understanding of Science, 15 (2006) 2
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0963662506061883
Status Postprint; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)