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Presentation 1A2. Three Kinds of Statistics Literacy

Milo Schield (USA)


Presentation Abstract

Even thought statistical literacy is an amorphous concept, there is broad agreement on its social importance. Statistical literacy is quite low among influential journalists and policy makers, and much less among the general population. In this paper, statistical literacy is analyzed from three different perspectives having differing themes. The strengths and weaknesses of these perspectives are analyzed and evaluated in relation to the needs of the intellectuals and decision makers in a society in dealing with public issues and policy. Areas for future development are indicated.


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