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Interactive visualisations and statistical literacy

Sutherland, S.; Ridgway, J.

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S. Sutherland


Statistical literacy involves engagement with the data one encounters. New forms of data and new ways to engage with data – notably via interactive data visualisations – are emerging. Some of the skills required to work effectively with these new visualisation tools are described. We argue that interactive data visualisations will have as profound an effect on statistical literacy as the introduction of statistics packages had on statistics in social science in the 1960s. Current conceptualisations of statistical literacy are too passive, lacking the exploration part in data analysis. Statistical literacy should be conceived of as empowerment to engage effectively with evidence, and educators should seek to move students along a pathway from using interactive data visualisations to building them and interpreting what they see.


Sutherland, S., & Ridgway, J. (2017). Interactive visualisations and statistical literacy. Statistics Education Research Journal, 16(1), 26-30

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 1, 2017
Online Publication Date May 1, 2017
Publication Date May 1, 2017
Deposit Date Jul 20, 2017
Publicly Available Date Jul 31, 2017
Journal Statistics Education Research Journal
Publisher International Association for Statistics Education (IASE)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 1
Pages 26-30
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