Critical Citizenship in Colombian Statistics Textbooks

  • Lucía Zapata-CardonaEmail author
  • Luis Miguel Marrugo Escobar
Part of the ICME-13 Monographs book series (ICME13Mo)


The goal of this research is to study how the statistical component of fifth-grade mathematics textbooks in Colombia contributes to the development of students’ critical citizenship. This research followed a socio-critical perspective. Content analysis was the technique used to make sense of the data produced by analyzing seven mathematics textbooks, and the units of analysis were 261 tasks in the statistical components. The results show that the contexts of the tasks were mostly hypothetical with very few tasks presented in real contexts. The tasks mainly functioned as platforms to introduce measurement calculations and application of statistical procedures. When the tasks were presented within real contexts, the conditions were not used to the fullest extent to contribute to the development of students’ critical citizenship. The tasks promoted mainly statistical and technological knowledge over reflective knowledge, failing to contribute to the students’ socio political awareness.


Critical citizenship Statistics education Textbooks Textbook tasks 



This research was supported by The University of Antioquia Research Committee―CODI.


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  • Lucía Zapata-Cardona
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  • Luis Miguel Marrugo Escobar
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  1. 1.Universidad de AntioquiaMedellínColombia

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