INFLUENCE OF CULTURE ON SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS’ UNDERSTANDING OF STATISTICS: A FIJIAN PERSPECTIVE
Keywords:Statistics education research, Socio-cultural theory, High school students, Cultural context
Although we use statistical notions daily in making decisions, research in statistics education has focused mostly on formal statistics. Further, everyday culture may influence informal ideas of statistics. Yet, there appears to be minimal literature that deals with the educational implications of the role of culture. This paper will discuss the interaction between statistical cognition and culture, reporting on the effects of culture on secondary students’ statistical ideas. It will draw on examples from my work and that of a few others who have studied cultural influences on statistical ideas to explain how statistics is tied to cultural practices. The paper will consider the issues arising out of the literature and offer suggestions for meeting the challenges.
First published November 2014 at Statistics Education Research Journal Archives