ERIC Number: EJ875513
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Abstractor: As Provided
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Beyond Crossroads: Impressions of a Statistics Educator
Scheaffer, Richard L.
AMATYC Review, v28 n2 p35-37 Spr 2007
Beyond Crossroads recognizes that success in the modern world demands higher-level thinking across the mathematical sciences. Broad quantitative literacy skills are essential for the college graduates of today and tomorrow if they are to be informed citizens and productive workers. Such skills include the quantitative aspects of daily life and work that allow educated people to make intelligent decisions based on knowledge rather than being manipulated through guile or fear. Quantitative literacy is largely akin to statistical thinking, because many of the quantitative areas of life and work involve understanding data--how it is collected, what it represents, and what conclusions can be drawn from it. In that respect, the document is in concert with the American Statistical Association's Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education (GAISE). All colleges should seriously consider how following the recommendations of Beyond Crossroads can impact their mathematics programs for students in their first two years.
Descriptors: Numeracy, College Graduates, Statistics, Mathematics Instruction, Thinking Skills, College Mathematics, Mathematical Logic, Mathematics Skills, Community Colleges, Academic Standards, Educational Quality
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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