Promoting Statistical Literacy to University Students: A New Approach Adopted by Istat

  • Alessandro Valentini
  • Monica Carbonara
  • Giulia De Candia
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Mathematics & Statistics book series (PROMS, volume 227)


Istat, Italian National Statistical Institute, has been pursuing the aim of promoting statistical literacy for many years. Recently (2013) the constitution of a territorial network of experts in disseminating activities is a further effort towards this direction. A new project is devoted to university students. The new approach is gradual: (i) to assess statistical literacy of students; (ii) to intercept statistical requirements of professors; (iii) to design standardized educational packages aimed at improving students ability to read data and statistical information; (iv) to guide students towards statistical thinking through laboratories. Implications of the new approach are discussed.


Statistical literacy University students Microdata 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alessandro Valentini
    • 1
  • Monica Carbonara
    • 1
  • Giulia De Candia
    • 1
  1. 1.Istat, Italian National Statistical InstituteRomeItaly

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