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How statistical literacy, official statistics and self-directed learning shaped social enquiry in the 19th and early 20th century

Lancaster, Gillian (2011) How statistical literacy, official statistics and self-directed learning shaped social enquiry in the 19th and early 20th century. Statistical Journal of the International Association for Official Statistics, 27 (3-4). pp. 99-111.

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Abstract

Statistical literacy is important for understanding the world around us. Statistical thinking is motivated by realworld problems which may in turn promote the development of new methods of enquiry, and statistical reasoning may be regarded as the cornerstone of evidence based research. In this paper we see how statistical literacy, official statistics and data driven selfdirected study helped to shape social enquiry in the nineteenth century, led to the development of statistical methods for social data and ultimately contributed to the newly emerging science of statistics of the early twentieth century. In particular the innovations of social researchers in assessing poverty, deprivation and illhealth are highlighted.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Statistical Journal of the International Association for Official Statistics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Mathematics and Statistics
ID Code: 60018
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 16 Nov 2012 12:00
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2014 00:19
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/60018

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