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ERIC Number: EJ879348
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0025-5769
Engaging with the Art & Science of Statistics
Peters, Susan A.
Mathematics Teacher, v103 n7 p496-503 Mar 2010
How can statistics clearly be mathematical and yet distinct from mathematics? The answer lies in the reality that statistics is both an art and a science, and both aspects are important for teaching and learning statistics. Statistics is a mathematical science in that it applies mathematical theories and techniques. Mathematics provides the theoretical means for justifying statistical methods as well as the procedural tools for implementing them. Methods for collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data combine to form the science of statistics. In this article, the author describes artistic and scientific facets of statistics and uses a task to illustrate how teachers can encourage students to incorporate elements of both art and science in their reasoning. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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