Teaching for statistical literacy and services of statistics agencies

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Increasing attention is given to the importance of developing statistical literacy of citizens and students. This article examines approaches to teaching for statistical literacy and identifies areas that need attention, in light of limitations on skill transfer and reliance on exemplars that illustrate problematic reports in the media. The article discusses the potential role of products of statistics agencies in education for statistical literacy. Implications for needed collaboration between educators and statistics agencies and for research are examined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-84
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Statistician
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2003


  • Adult education
  • Critical reading
  • Numeracy
  • Official statistics
  • Statistics education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • General Mathematics
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty


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