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Real-world contexts in statistics components of UK mathematics examinations : aiming forward, walking backwards.

Nicholson, J. and Ridgway, J. (2018) 'Real-world contexts in statistics components of UK mathematics examinations : aiming forward, walking backwards.', in Looking back, looking forward : proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Teaching Statistics (ICOTS10), July 2018, Kyoto, Japan. Voorburg, The Netherlands: International Statistical Institute.

Abstract

Reasoning with data is pervasive in society; evidence-based policy requires reasoning about complex data; many statistics curricula do not equip students to understand such reasoning. A new mathematics curriculum for upper secondary school (pre-university) students has been taught in England from September 2017, which includes assessment based on large-scale, pre-released data. Here, we critique the specimen examination papers, identifying inappropriate uses of statistics, and a failure to understand the rationale for working with large scale, authentic, data sets. We offer an account of how this poor state of affairs has come about.

Item Type:Book chapter
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://iase-web.org/Conference_Proceedings.php?p=ICOTS_10_2018
Date accepted:No date available
Date deposited:10 October 2018
Date of first online publication:12 July 2018
Date first made open access:06 November 2019

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