Vol. 3, Issue 3 (2016)
Descriptive statistics in ICT education: A practical and real-life perspective
Author(s): William Phiri
Abstract: My experience of teaching and lecturing Mathematics and Statistics for more than 15 years from secondary school up to university level, it has become evident that statistical courses have always been taught in isolation of real life and practical problems. In this regard, many pupils, students and the general Zambian populace have found very little relevance of statistics to their real life experiences as it is mainly taught in abstract terms. Additionally, the emphasis and emerging of ICTs in almost all sectors of life including education has worsened the negative perception people develop over the application of statistics in real life situations. This paper argues that a clear understanding of statistics remains critical in the acceleration of a problem–solving ICT education. Moreover, the Ministry of General Education in Zambia has clearly stated in its policies that ICTs and E-learning are mandatory in all the schools. This discourse therefore aims to present descriptive statistics from the practical perspective and show the role it plays in ICT education. The paper will further demonstrate how descriptive statistics could be used to solve practical situations from various fronts.