Marla A. Sole, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, has been published in the August 2016 issue of Mathematics Teacher by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCMT).
In “Statistical literacy: Data tell a story”, Dr. Sole discusses the importance of statistics in education and how it is closely related to important decision making, and data and the interpretation of descriptive or inferential statistics. While recommendations for students to have the opportunity to work with data have been made nation-wide, many people continue to misinterpret statistical findings or draw unsupported conclusions.
In her article, Dr. Sole explains that there are “…several common misconceptions in interpreting the results of a statistical analysis. Students often ignore outliers, mistakenly assume that correlation implies that a cause-and-effect relationship exists, or incorrectly extend the results beyond the range of the original data points, an extrapolation often not reasonable given the real-world context.”