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Papamoa College statistics excursion to Hamilton Zoo

March 8, 2016
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Papamoa College statistics excursion to Hamilton Zoo

Last week I had a lovely experience. I visited the Hamilton Observatory and Zoo as part of a Statistics excursion with the Year 13 statistics class of Papamoa College. The trip was organised to help students learn about where data … Continue reading →

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Data for teaching – real, fake, fictional

February 15, 2016
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Data for teaching – real, fake, fictional

There is a push for teachers and students to use real data in learning statistics. In this post I am going to address the benefits and drawbacks of different sources of real data, and make a case for the use … Continue reading →

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What does it mean to understand statistics?

February 3, 2016
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What does it mean to understand statistics?

It is possible to get a passing grade in a statistics paper by putting numbers into formulas and words into memorised phrases. In fact I suspect that this is a popular way for students to make their way through a … Continue reading →

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The normal distribution – three tricky bits

January 18, 2016
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The normal distribution – three tricky bits

There are several tricky things about teaching and understanding the normal distribution, and in this post I’m going to talk about three of them. They are the idea of a model, the limitations of the normal distribution, and the idea … Continue reading →

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Understanding Statistical Inference

November 9, 2015
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Understanding Statistical Inference

Inference is THE big idea of statistics. This is where people come unstuck. Most people can accept the use of summary descriptive statistics and graphs. They can understand why data is needed. They can see that the way a sample … Continue reading →

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Summarising with Box and Whisker plots

October 5, 2015
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Summarising with Box and Whisker plots

In the Northern Hemisphere, it is the start of the school year, and thousands of eager students are beginning their study of statistics. I know this because this is the time of year when lots of people watch my video, … Continue reading →

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Summarising with Box and Whisker plots

October 5, 2015
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Summarising with Box and Whisker plots

In the Northern Hemisphere, it is the start of the school year, and thousands of eager students are beginning their study of statistics. I know this because this is the time of year when lots of people watch my video, … Continue reading →

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20 ways to improve as a teacher of statistics (Part 1)

August 31, 2015
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20 ways to improve as a teacher of statistics (Part 1)

It embarrasses me to look back on how I taught statistics ten years ago. Were I still teaching in a university, I would not be teaching the same things the same way I did then. I did the best I … Continue reading →

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20 ways to improve as a teacher of statistics (Part 1)

August 31, 2015
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20 ways to improve as a teacher of statistics (Part 1)

It embarrasses me to look back on how I taught statistics ten years ago. Were I still teaching in a university, I would not be teaching the same things the same way I did then. I did the best I … Continue reading →

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Engaging students in learning statistics using The Islands.

July 27, 2015
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Engaging students in learning statistics using The Islands.

Three Problems and a Solution Modern teaching methods for statistics have gone beyond the mathematical calculation of trivial problems. Computers can enable large size studies, bringing reality to the subject, but this is not without its own problems. Problem 1: … Continue reading →

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