International Statistical Literacy Project

Carol Joyce Blumberg
Winona State University

Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 9, Number 1 (Winter 2003)

The International Statistical Literacy Project (ISLP) is a project of the IASE (International Association for Statistical Education). It replaces the earlier World Numeracy Project of the ISI (International Statistical Institute). The first project of the ISLP was to work with Professor Yadolah Dodge (Université de Neuchâtel) to include more statistics education terms in the new edition of the ISI Dictionary of Statistical Terms, which will be published soon with Professor Dodge as its editor. This project has been completed.

The ISLP has an Advisory Committee to guide the project over the next few years. The members of the Advisory Committee are Carol Joyce Blumberg (USA, Chair), Beverley Carlson (USA/Chile), Iddo Gal (Israel), Orhan Güvenan (Turkey), John Harraway (New Zealand), Peter Holmes (UK), Maria A. Pannone (Italy), René Padieu (France) and Gilberte Schuyten (Belgium). Ex-Officio members of the Committee are: Carmen Batanero (Spain, IASE President), Christopher Wild (New Zealand, IASE President-Elect), Marcel Van den Broecke (Director, ISI Permanent Office), and Daniel Berze (Assistant Director, ISI Permanent Office). The Advisory Committee met on July 11, 2002 in Cape Town, South Africa and made several decisions with respect to the project.

It has been decided to devote our efforts presently to develop a website on resources to enhance the development of statistical literacy. Most of the entries on the webpages will be 3 to 5 sentence summaries of various publications, websites, etc. The emphasis will be on materials that can be obtained for free over the Internet or via other means. Materials that must be purchased at a cost will also be included, when appropriate. Complete ordering information, including direct Internet links, will be given for all entries. The website will be maintained at Winona State University by Carol Joyce Blumberg and Nicole Machacek (a third year undergraduate student in Communications Studies at Winona State). It is expected that the website will be ready for use around March 1, 2003. Once the website is available, announcements will be made in various publications, including this newsletter.

The website will be organized as a series of webpages with each webpage having its own coordinators. The webpages (with coordinators listed in parentheses) will be:

  1. Introductory page(s) with definitions of statistical literacy, some general resources on statistical literacy, and an explanation of what is and is not included on the website. (Carol Blumberg, USA,;

  2. Resources for elementary school teachers to use in their classrooms. (Judith Zawojewski, USA, & Helen Chick, Australia,;

  3. Resources for secondary school teachers to use in their classrooms. (Philip Boland, Ireland, & Jerry Moreno, USA,;

  4. Resources for elementary school teachers to use to improve their own knowledge of and teaching of statistics and probability (where statistics and probability are defined in their widest possible meanings) (Judith Zawojewski, USA, & Helen Chick, Australia,;

  5. Resources for secondary school teachers to use to improve their own knowledge of and teaching of statistics and probability (where statistics and probability are defined in their widest possible meanings) (Philip Boland, Ireland, & Jerry Moreno, USA,;

  6. Resources for those training teachers, both those who are preparing future teachers and those who are giving further education to those already teaching. (Mike Perry and Gary Kader, USA, &;

  7. Resources related to government statistics offices. (Reija Helenius, Finland,;

  8. Resources for journalists and other members of the mass media to use that will help them understand and report statistics and statistical ideas correctly and in an understandable manner.

  9. Resources for adult learners (Iddo Gal, Israel,;

  10. Resources for planning and conducting a children's census or similar activity. (Neville Davies, UK,;

  11. A list of projects or other efforts in statistical literacy sponsored by the national statistics offices, national statistical societies, or similar groups. This list will be sorted by country. (Carol Blumberg,;

  12. A list of funding organizations that will accept grant applications from individuals or organizations that want to begin or to expand statistical literacy efforts in their countries or regions. (Carol Blumberg,;

  13. A collection of data sets that can be used when doing teaching or training in statistical literacy and links to collections of data sets that already exist. (Brant Deppa and Christopher Malone, USA, &;

Coordinators are still needed for the webpage relating to journalists and the other members of the mass media. Also, several of the coordinators listed here would like to have co-coordinators. If you are interested in being a coordinator or co-coordinator, please contact Carol Blumberg (see below for contact information).

If you have an item that you feel is appropriate for inclusion on the website, please send it to the appropriate listed coordinator or contact Carol Joyce Blumberg at; Department of Mathematics & Statistics, Winona State University, Winona MN 55987-5838. Tel: (507) 457-5589; Fax: (507) 457-5376.

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