What's the best age to start data literacy education?

What's the best age to start data literacy education? 16 votes

Early years education
joewarbingtonSpencer_Sobczaksandhyarbdleskpablolabbejamesamba 6 votes
Primary school / elementary school
Laura_DLPchantillyjchief_nerd_officeralanschwarzjanecroftsBrian_MaucereAdamCEtoilejtoledoeddiewagt 10 votes
Secondary school / high school
College / university


  • Primary school / elementary school

    Heck, it could be argued that the moment a child learns that 5 is bigger than 3, that's nascent data literacy. That being said, in terms of what most would mean by DL, the concepts of averages and outliers are certainly recognizable by ages 8 or 9, seems to me. Most know some form of sports, all know about temperatures, etc. The 30 kids in a classroom can be given coins to flip, and then discover that Timmy in the back row got 5 straight heads. Wow! What gives him that special power? These are games that are fun and very instructive to get children to think about randomness.

  • Early years education

    I would definitely not want to count anyone out - as other folks have said, every age is old enough!

    But, is anyone else concerned about a missing group in all of this? Specifically 26 - 30 year olds who didn't quite grow up with social media (it became a thing when they were nearing the end of middle/start of high school) and may not have been exposed to it in college, but also aren't benefiting from some of the recent trends in data education around literacy and competencies.

  • Primary school / elementary school

    My daughter is 8 and I have a few ideas on some Youtube videos her and I can do together that keep things really simple but hone in on how pictures can help drive comprehension of data.

  • Early years education

    As soon as basic math, counting, sorting by colors/shapes, ordering blocks by size is introduced to toddlers and preschoolers, we are starting with data literacy. That progressively moves to advanced mathematical concepts. One thing that is overlooked is how to cohesively explain the quantitative learning or activity that was just done. That is the stepping stone to data interpretation and data story telling. My daughter is 5 and does well in math. We are consciously encouraging more of story telling and public speaking to her.

  • Primary school / elementary school

    I actually say any age, to be honest. In reality, children as they get bigger are already doing their data literacy journeys. It then becomes our responsibility to not stop it. Kids are naturally curious, and being naturally curious, they are already well on their way to being data literate and successful with data. For whatever reason, as we get bigger, we lose our curiosity. We need to keep that going with children, they love curiosity and they foster it naturally...so let's not stop it.

    Second, kids already love stories, as young as two years old, they love stories. They also use their imagination. This needs to continue to grow and yield fruit.

    Overall, we need to help kiddos keep their data literacy skills already embedded in them, and then help them get better with data and analytics. As for adults or older than kids, we need to rekindle that curiosity and creativity. That will help them succeed.

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