3 Major Ways to Boost Basic Data Literacy in K-16


This article spotlights the report "Building Global Interest in Data Literacy: A Dialogue" authored and published by EDC's Oceans of Data Institute: "Focusing on three specific areas could be key to boosting K-16 students’ data literacy in a world where big data’s importance grows daily, according to a new report. EDC’s Oceans of Data Institute (ODI) convened an expert panel of data analysts and educators for a workshop on data literacy, and panelists focused on what it means to be data literate in today’s world of big data, as well as what to teach students to prepare them to be part of today’s workforce and society. The panelists’ recommendations are included in a new report, Building Global Interest in Data Literacy: A Dialogue. During their discussion, panelists developed and endorsed a data definition: The data-literate individual understands, explains, and documents the utility and limitations of data by becoming a critical consumer of data, controlling his/her personal data trail, finding meaning in data, and taking action based on data. The data-literate individual can identify, collect, evaluate, analyze, interpret, present, and protect data."


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Friday, May 20, 2016