FE Teacher Conference 30th April: Statistical Literacy

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Statistical Literacy: The New Zealand Year 13 School Approach

30th April 2014

Presenters: Prof. Maxine Pfannkuch, Dr Stephanie Budgett

Affiliation: Department of Statistics, The University of Auckland, New Zealand

Purpose: To share the NZ statistics curriculum and assessment design at Year 12 and 13 with some teaching approaches to the Year 13 statistical literacy standard and the Year 12 topic on risk. To discuss ways of embedding statistics within real-world scenarios and increase curriculum relevance as perceived by students.

Background: In 2010 a new school curriculum for Years 1 to 13 was introduced into New Zealand schools. At the secondary school level there was a staged introduction starting with Year 10 (age 14-15 years) in 2010. Hence the Year 13 (age 17-18 years) curriculum was taught for the first time in 2013. Statistical investigations, literacy and probability are the major strands of the curriculum. The use of technology such as iNZight is an integral part of teaching, learning and assessment at Year 13. The statistics curriculum is considered to be world leading.

Wednesday 30 April

9:30     An overview of the NZ Year 12 and 13 statistics curriculum, assessment, & technology used

10:30   The NZ Year 13 Statistical Literacy Achievement Standard

11:00   Break

11:30   Reading the News & “Worry questions”

12:30   Lunch

1:30     Political Polls and margin of error

2:30     Assessment of Statistical literacy – some examples

3:00     Break

3:30     Introducing Risk to Year 12

4:30     Finish

This is a FREE event, lunch and refreshment will be provided but places are limited. Advanced booking is required.

To book a place please email your name and institutional/organisational affiliation to qstep@cardiff.ac.uk

Feedback from the event

International Baccalaureate subject lead – “This is the direction schools within the UK should be taking with statistical literacy”

Agored Cymru consultant – “The event was very interesting, sufficient to convince me that this is a topic that has to be available in the Social Sciences diplomas – with a two pronged attack : the numerical statistics and the related literary and interpretative skills. I’ll try to download iNZight over the weekend to update my statistics skills.”

Participant at the conference – “I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the last two days. Many thanks to you and the rest of the team for such a well organised event.
The material made out an excellent case for ‘the new statistics’. My one regret is that we didn’t have the likes of Michael Gove in the audience to hear the message!”