Yes, Another Handbook and Why You Might Want to Read This One

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In today's world, data and statistical information permeate our lives, making it imperative that we educate students to be statistically literate. Statistical literacy is the ability to read and interpret statistical information to make informed decisions about events under conditions of uncertainty. Recently, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) published a document, Catalyzing Change in High School Mathematics: Initiating Critical Conversations (2018), in which it proposed statistics as one of four essential content domains in secondary school mathematics and acknowledged quantitative literacy—the ability to reason both statistically and numerically—as a crucial life skill for all students. For a number of years, statistics has been an important content strand across grade levels in the school mathematics curricula of many countries. Thus, it is understandable that students and even teachers might perceive statistics simply as another topic in mathematics.

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