You Don't Teach, Students Learn: Lessons Learned in Statistical Literacy and Statistical Education in Ireland


  • Eoin MacCuirc Central Statistics Office, Ireland



In 2007, with the aim of improving statistical literacy and effective use of statistics, the Central Statistics Office in Ireland launched an Education Outreach Programme.  To achieve these objectives, the CSO has fostered key academic partnerships at a national and international level.  Seminar Series, Statistical Liaison groups, Oireachtas briefings, CensusAtSchool, the John Hooper Medal for Statistics, the Apps4Gaps competition, the Professional Diploma in Official Statistics for Policy Evaluation, the International Statistical Literacy Poster Competition are some of the key projects developed under the umbrella of the Education Outreach Programme.  This paper outlines a number of key lessons learned in the Irish Education Outreach Programme with illustrations drawn from the Irish experience to date.

Author Biography

Eoin MacCuirc, Central Statistics Office, Ireland

Databanka and Dissemination

Assistant Principal


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How to Cite

MacCuirc, E. (2015). You Don’t Teach, Students Learn: Lessons Learned in Statistical Literacy and Statistical Education in Ireland. Austrian Journal of Statistics, 44(2), 73-83.