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ICOTS8 (2010) Contributed Paper

Abdelbasit

a project, but without good statistical education in developing countries statistical progress will remain relying entirely on foreign consultancy and little self-initiated promotion or improvement can to be expected.

CONCLUSION

Students in developing countries studying Statistics in English have more learning difficulties than their counterparts studying abroad. They find thick expansive textbooks discouraging and generally only look up examples in the text. Since these are the vast majority of the country's students this has a direct effect on its human resources. The problem can be alleviated by short textbooks with simple language that take into account both the language and cultural aspects. These can have illustrations, examples and exercises from the local culture as appendices, in addition to a glossary explaining key concepts in the local language. International supervision and support are needed to make this a reality. Statistical education in developing countries is the base for statistical progress. Such progress and development are essential to cope with today's quantitative world, especially for cultures that traditionally view the world as more qualitative. It is hoped that IASE will initiate and support an international introductory text book that will contribute to the improvement of statistical education in developing countries.

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