Data overwhelms our modern lives. Statistical approaches offer tools to help organize and interpret data. The site provides easily accessible statistics both readymade and links to databases. The aim is to enlarge the use of updated statistics in education for both students and teachers.
The objective of I-Use is to focus on teaching and learning activities considered necessary for the professional development of teachers who can support their students in becoming statistically literate people, capable of reasoning from and about information and making informed decisions based on quantitative information.
One of the goals of the Project will be to create an in-service teacher-training course that will deal with how to make sense of information through different presentation forms and media. The participants will understand how to develop students’ statistical concepts and thinking. An important part of the project is to produce a website where students and teachers can find relevant statistical material and a gateway - with pedagogical stepping stones - to online databases like EUROSTAT and World Bank Data. Advice will be provided on how they can integrate these tools and data into their classes. The project will also create web-based tools to support the educational use of statistical information.
Special attention will be paid to functionality related to interactive mapping and navigation as well as comparisons of time-series data sets.
The pedagogical advice will use an activity-based approach, based on problem-solving and on concept development. Multiple representations of information (physical, numerical, and graphical) play an important role in the statistical problem-solving process. The data analysis / interpretation phase requires a thorough understanding of data representations. Different representations of distributions also affect students’ understanding of concepts. One representation may clarify an idea for one student whereas a different representation may be more instructive for another learner. I-USE will also demonstrate statistics that can be used in many disciplines.
The Project will also deal with the assessment of learning, making the distinction between assessment of learning (summative) and assessment for learning (formative) approaches. This will be addressed through the three basic components: cognition, observation and interpretation that underlie all forms of evaluation.
In short the Project aims to help pupils and teachers:
• cope with an over-abundance of information-rich resources
• engage students and teachers in learning to use statistics and working with statistics
• make statistical education more visible under the LLLP
• be prepared for the technology-mediated nature of working with statistical information
• keep up with web-based innovation
• develop their statistical competence
• receive training related to different subjects
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