Teaching Statistics Trust Lecture 2019


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  • Date: 30 October 2019
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The 2019 Teaching Statistics Trust lecture will be delivered by Neil Sheldon, chair of the Teaching Statistics Trust and former RSS vice president for education.

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The Teaching Statistics Trust (TST) promotes statistical literacy in schools and colleges, funds initiatives in statistical education, and through its journal, Teaching Statistics, provides a resource for those who teach statistics to students aged up to 19 years, whether in statistics courses or in other disciplines such as economics and business, biology and health sciences, technology, psychology, and mathematics. With the title We need to talk about statistics: The purpose of statistics is insight not numbers, the 2019 TST lecture considers that the term 'statistics' refers both to the subject and to the figures that the subject studies, and discusses the importance of language in communicating concepts in statistics. 

The lecture will be delivered at a number of locations around the UK, with two special lectures to be given in collaboration with the Further Mathematics Support Programme Wales (FMSPW) at Bangor University on the 21 November and at Cardiff University on 2 December. These will include a supporting lecture from Dominic Oakes of the FMSPW, as well as time for discussion.

A video of the lecture delivered at the Turing Institute on 30 September is available to view here

Neil has previously delivered a lecture at the British Academy on the language we often use in teaching statistics at school level and the deeper understanding that could be gained if we were to approach this differently. A paper based on this lecture is available to read here

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