Learning the language of statistics: Challenges and teaching approaches

Peter K. Dunn, Michael D. Carey, Alice M. Richardson, Christine Mcdonald

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Learning statistics requires learning the language of statistics. Statistics draws upon words from general English, mathematical English, discipline -specific English and words used primarily in statistics. This leads to many linguistic challenges in teaching statistics and the way in whic h the language is used in statistics creates an extra layer of challenge . This paper identifies several challenges in teaching statistics related to language. Some implications for the effective learning and teaching of statistics are raised and methods to help students overcome these linguistic challenges are suggested.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-27
Number of pages20
JournalStatistics Education Research Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2016
Externally publishedYes

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