Presents a conceptual framework to describe the knowledge needed to comprehend and critically evaluate societal issues
Provides extensive teaching resources based on dynamic visualisation tools and open-source software packages
Offers tools for exploring the alignment of curriculum intentions, classroom teaching practices, and assessment methods
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Table of contents (23 chapters)
Edited by Joachim Engel and James Nicholson
Edited by Rolf Biehler and Peter Kovacs
Edited by Iddo Gal and Daniel Frischemeier
About this book
“This book is a remarkable achievement” Gerd Gigerenzer
This book offers practical approaches to working in a new field of knowledge - Civic Statistics - which sets out to engage with, and overcome well documented and long-standing problems in teaching quantitative skills. The book includes 23 peer-reviewed chapters, written in coordination by an international group of experts from ten countries. The book aims to support and enhance the work of teachers and lecturers working both at the high school and tertiary (university) levels. It is designed to promote and improve the critical understanding of quantitative evidence relevant to burning social issues – such as epidemics, climate change, poverty, migration, natural disasters, inequality, employment, and racism.
Effective citizen engagement with social issues requires active participation and a broad understanding of data and statistics about societal issues. However, many statistics curricula are not designed to teach relevant skills nor to improve learners' statistical literacy.
Evidence about social issues is provided to the public via print and digital media, official statistics offices, and other information channels, and a great deal of data is accessible both as aggregated summaries and as individual records. Chapters illustrate the approaches needed to teach and promote the knowledge, skills, dispositions, and enabling processes associated with critical understanding of Civic Statistics presented in many forms. These include: statistical analysis of authentic multivariate data; use of dynamic data visualisations; deconstructing texts about the social and economic well-being of societies and communities. Chapters discuss: the development of curricula and educational resources; use of emerging technologies and visualizations; preparation of teachers and teaching approaches; sources for relevant datasets and rich texts about Civic Statistics; ideas regarding future research, assessment, collaborations between different stakeholders; and other systemic issues.
- Civic statistics
- Data science
- official statistics
- curriculum reform
- data visualisation
- evidence-based policy
Editors and Affiliations
School of Education, University of Durham, Durham, UK
About the editor
Jim Ridgway is an applied psychologist, currently Emeritus Professor in the School of Education at Durham University. He holds a Master’s degree in mathematical psychology, and his Ph.D. was based on work selecting fast jet pilots for the RAF. Past roles include vice-president of the International Association for Statistics Education, and co-ordinator of the Assessment SIG for the European Association for Research in Education.
Jim directed the SMART Centre at Durham, and created novel interfaces designed to engage statistically naïve users with multivariate data. A notable collaboration was with the House of Commons Library on a project to provide detailed data about every parliamentary constituency ahead of national elections via mobile and desktop devices (along with an interactive quiz!). Current work is on Civic Statistics – a collaboration with partners in several countries designed to make school and undergraduate statistics courses directly relevant to citizens’ needs, by using large scale authentic data sets on pressing social issues, such as migration, equality, and disease spread. Teaching materials are available via the International Statistical Literacy Project. A recent co-edited book is entitled Teaching Data Science and Statistics.
An on-going research project is a collaboration with computer scientists, focussed on using AI to address pressing epistemological problems in contemporary science and social science; a second project is a collaboration with physicists and logistics experts addressing the challenges posed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals by unregulated space exploitation..
His earlier work had three major strands. The first focussed on using computers across the curriculum, in schools. The second addressed mathematics education, in particular on teaching problem solving and mathematical thinking and (with colleagues at Nottingham University) designing and implementing large scale assessment systems in the USA. A project entitled World Class Tests developed innovative ICT-based assessments in science, technology and mathematics that have been used in over 20 countries. A third strand has been to promote the engagement of women in STEM, via several pan-European ERASMUS-funded projects.
Book Title: Statistics for Empowerment and Social Engagement
Book Subtitle: Teaching Civic Statistics to Develop Informed Citizens
Editors: Jim Ridgway
Publisher: Springer Cham
Copyright Information: Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022
Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-20747-1Published: 11 March 2023
Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-20750-1Due: 25 March 2024
eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-20748-8Published: 10 March 2023
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: XXIII, 614
Number of Illustrations: 14 b/w illustrations, 165 illustrations in colour