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. ISSN 1875-9254Full text not available from this repository.
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.
|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|
|Deposited On:||16 Nov 2012 12:00|
|Last Modified:||17 Jan 2017 03:46|
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