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ERIC Number: EJ889914
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0092-055X
Table Reading Skills as Quantitative Literacy
Wills, Jeremiah B.; Atkinson, Maxine P.
Teaching Sociology, v35 n3 p255-263 2007
The American Institutes for Research (2006) recently reported that 20% of U.S. students graduating from four-year colleges and universities and 30% of those completing two-year degrees have quantitative literacy skills at only a basic level. Sociologists are currently working on a variety of approaches to incorporate quantitative literacy into undergraduate curricula to address students' deficits in this area. In general, quantitative literacy skills refer to a set of competencies needed to accurately work with data expressed numerically. In this article, the authors focus on one element of such skills: the ability to read, interpret, and analyze percentages presented in crosstabulation, or joint contingency, tables. The authors present data collected to evaluate students' learning to read tables and reflect on how sociologists can use table reading to build the general quantitative literacy skills students need to describe data, identify variables, and evaluate research hypotheses. (Contains 6 tables and 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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