The inclusion of statistics at all levels of education in Ireland reflects the growing importance of statistical literacy in society. The primary school mathematics curriculum includes a Data strand on chance and recognising and interpreting data. The revised post-primary mathematics curriculum includes a compulsory strand on Statistics and Probability and many Universities offer statistics related degree programmes. Prof. Ailish Hannigan, University of Limerick, is ISA Education Officer with a remit to support and research statistics education in Ireland.
Support activities include:
Invited talks for the Irish Mathematics Teachers’ Association
Invited talks for pre-service mathematics teachers
Resources from the Summer Course in Statistics and Probability for in-service mathematics teachers
The Education Officer is also a member of the International Association for Statistical Education (IASE), the education section of the International Statistical Institute (ISI). The IASE initiated the International Statistical Literacy Project (ISLP) which promotes statistical literacy across the world, for all ages and in all walks of life. The ISLP runs an International Poster Competition for post primary students from around the world every two years. To support this initiative, the Education Officer judges the John Hooper Medal for Statistics poster competition, which is run by the Central Statistics Office.
National winners of the poster competition in 2017 will represent Ireland in the ISLP International Poster Competition. More information on the John Hooper Medal for Statisitics poster competition can be found here.
In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at the 60th ISI World Statistics Congress in 2015, Rachael Ni Dhonnachadha and Shannon Ni Dhonnachadha, from St. Vincent’s Secondary School, Dundalk, were placed first in the world in the senior category of the International Poster competition for their poster 'Road to Rio - Protecting our Olympic Boxing Future'.