Towards Statistical Literacy
Liliana C. Severino1, Nora M. Lac Prugent1
1Statistics, Universidad Nacional De Rosario - Fac.Ciencias Economicas y Estadistica, Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina; 2Ciencias Empresariales, Universidad Abierta Interamericana, Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina; 3Ciencias Economicas, UCEL, Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina

Statistics has played an important role in the development of modern society, to provide methodological general tools to analyze the variability, determine relationships between variables, design optimally studies and experiments and improve predictions and to make decisions in situations of uncertainty. This led Argentina and other countries to initiate the training of statisticians for more than 50 years. More recently the teaching of statistics is included as a subject at schools curricula, and widely included in almost all careers in institutes and University courses. In addition to its instrumental character for other disciplines, it is recognized the value of the development of statistical reasoning in a society characterized by the availability of information and the need for decision-making in climate of uncertainty.In this paper we reflect on the progress made in this direction and the main obstacles to achieve this goal. We also suggest the important role of the statistical institutes, teachers and researchers to achieve a statistical culture for all.


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Keywords: Statistical literacy; Statistical reasoning; Development of statistical education; Applied statistics in education

Biography: Professor and researcher at Facultad Ciencias Economicas y Estadistica, Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Argentina since 1972.

Professor and researcher at Universidad Abierta Interamericana Rosario - Argentina since 1996

Professor at Universidad del Centro Educatico Latinoamericano since 2005

Professor at Universitá Di Bologna (ITALIA) during 2003/2004,2004/2005 and 2005/2006 l Accademic Years.

Director of Research Department at UAI from 2007 till 2009.

Permanent Statistical Consultant of Interamerican Development Bank (BID)

Bachellor in Statisitcs (1970) and Master in Business Development (2008)

Member SAE (Argentine Statistical Society) IASE and IASS