USE OF DATA VISUALISATION IN THE TEACHING OF STATISTICS: A NEW ZEALAND PERSPECTIVE
Keywords:Statistics education research, Teaching bootstrapping and randomisation, Official statistics concepts
For many years, students have been taught to visualise data by drawing graphs. Recently, there has been a growing trend to teach statistics, particularly statistical concepts, using interactive and dynamic visualisation tools. Free down-loadable teaching and simulation software designed specifically for schools, and more general data visualisation tools are
increasingly being used in New Zealand classrooms. This paper discusses four examples: the use of GenStat for Teaching and Learning Schools and Undergraduate (GTL); Auckland University’s iNZight and VIT (Visual Inference Tools) for teaching bootstrapping and randomisation; the CAST e-books, and the use of data visualisation tools to assist learning concepts in official statistics. All these tools are publically available and several are already being used internationally.
First published November 2014 at Statistics Education Research Journal Archives