STATISTICAL COGNITION: TOWARDS EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE IN STATISTICS AND STATISTICS EDUCATION

RUTH BEYTH-MAROM, FIONA FIDLER, GEOFF CUMMING
2008 Statistics Education Research Journal  
Practitioners and teachers should be able to justify their chosen techniques by taking into account research results: This is evidence-based practice (EBP). We argue that, specifically, statistical practice and statistics education should be guided by evidence, and we propose statistical cognition (SC) as an integration of theory, research, and application to support EBP. SC is an interdisciplinary research field, and a way of thinking. We identify three facets of SC—normative, descriptive, and
more » ... prescriptive— and discuss their mutual influences. Unfortunately, the three components are studied by somewhat separate groups of scholars, who publish in different journals. These separations impede the implementation of EBP. SC, however, integrates the facets and provides a basis for EBP in statistical practice and education. First published November 2008 at Statistics Education Research Journal: Archives
doi:10.52041/serj.v7i2.468 fatcat:m22l5t5o4ra7fjwgnoijswfrvq