Mathematical Association of Tasmania

PO Box 5096

Find us on Facebook. For more details about the association, please contact our president, Brett Stephenson, via email:

Making Sense of Data-based Information in Society: What should students learn?

Associate Professor Maxine Pfannkuch (NZ)

Flyer - What should students learn - Maxine Pfannkuch

Come and hear MAT Conference 2018 keynote speaker Maxine Pfannkuch discuss the statistical thinking skills needed by our students. In an age of fake news, alternative facts and data-based evidence, what “worry questions”would help students make sense of and question data-based arguments? Are students currently leaving school with the ability to understand and critically evaluate data information that will affect their lives, for example, in the health, environment, justice and political arenas?

Associate Professor Maxine Pfannkuch is in the Department of Statistics at Auckland University and is internationally recognized in the field of statistics education. She started work as a secondary mathematics teacher and over a number of years became Head of Department, a mathematics adviser, and a teacher educator before moving to Auckland University in 1994 to complete her PhD on characterizing statistical thinking.

To register, go to (note that this event is run by UTAS and all queries should be directed to UTAS).