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The Need For Statistical Literacy In Australian Society

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Author:Robyn Williams, Jane Watson; Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Description: The Need For Statistical Literacy In Australian Society, a transcript from Ockham's Razor, a weekly radio program. Some misconceptions about statistics, including: the way Australian children interpreted "average" after seeing a Ford Motor Co. ad on TV about a family with 2.3 children; a press release saying that "Seven in ten men who frequently eat canned tuna, sardines, salmon, mackerel or kippers admit to being ambitious" with a discussion of the underlying sample size and questions asked in the survey and why the statement was misleading; and a pie chart showing market share of groceries in Australia where a piece of the pie much less than half of the total was labelled 61% and the sum of all of the percentages in the chart yielded a total of 128.5%.

Levels: Elementary, Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Languages: English
Resource Types: Articles
Math Topics: Statistics

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