This is a session of Topic 2: Statistics education at the school level Full topic list
(Wednesday 5th, 11:00-12:30)
Socio-cultural aspects of learning Statistics
AbstractThis session will focus on the influence of social and cultural processes on learning statistics in and outside school. The actual environment in which the students’ statistical learning occurs will be analysed as well as the support by teachers and instructional designs. This theme could also include the development of teachers and theories of what students should learn to be effective employees and citizens.
Several socio-cultural frameworks have proved useful to analyse how norms are established as to what counts as a sound statistical analysis and how students can be supported to participate in a community of practice. In such views, students with their teacher are seen within a classroom culture, which is influenced by the school culture, which in turn is dependent on the national school system. The teacher is seen as representing the community of statistical experts or as an 'enculturator' who supports students to participate in the culture of using statistical tools. Thus students need not only acquire statistical knowledge but also collaborative and communicative skills, and the practice of knowing statistics has to come closer to what it means to know statistics within the discipline or in the workplace.