Next Step: Data Literacy Measurement

Marketa Smolnikova

Abstract

As data became a new business commodity, affecting our everyday lives from shopping to voting, it smoothed the way for data literacy as a tool for full participation in a modern society. This paper argues for data literacy development and accelerated research of its measurement which has been lagging behind countless studies on teaching data skills. Data literacy is in this paper approached as an ability to understand and use data and differentiates itself from information or statistical literacy. As a prerequisite of information literacy, data literacy is inevitable part of knowledge development. While the term of data literacy has been well established and used for developing best practices and methodologies to teach data skills, measurement of data literacy seems to be still in its infancy. As a result, this paper includes research plan for developing a data literacy indicator based on quantitative methods.

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