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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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Framework for statistical report-writing

June 10, 2015
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Framework for statistical report-writing

This framework helps teachers and students think about how to produce better statistical reports. Continue reading →

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Learning to teach statistics, in a MOOC

March 31, 2015
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Learning to teach statistics, in a MOOC

I am participating in a MOOC, Teaching statistics through data investigations. A MOOC is a fancy name for an online, free, correspondence course.  The letters stand for Massive Open Online Course. I decided to enrol for several reasons. First I … Continue reading →

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Divide and destroy in statistics teaching

March 8, 2015
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Divide and destroy in statistics teaching

A reductionist approach to teaching statistics destroys its very essence I’ve been thinking a bit about systems thinking and reductionist thinking, especially with regard to statistics teaching and mathematics teaching. I used to teach a course on systems thinking, with … Continue reading →

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Don’t teach significance testing – Guest post

February 2, 2015
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Don’t teach significance testing – Guest post

The following is a guest post by Tony Hak of Rotterdam School of Management. I know Tony would love some discussion about it in the comments. I remain undecided either way, so would like to hear arguments. GOOD REASONS FOR NOT TEACHING … Continue reading →

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A Sensitive Approach to Risk and Screening

January 15, 2015
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A Sensitive Approach to Risk and Screening

Risk is an important topic In order to make informed decisions about screening and medical interventions, people need to have a good understanding of risk and probability. The communication and understanding of risk was a very popular topic at the … Continue reading →

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Nominal, Ordinal, Interval, Schmordinal

November 18, 2014
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Nominal, Ordinal, Interval, Schmordinal

Everyone wants to learn about ordinal data! I have a video channel with about 40 videos about statistics, and I love watching to see which videos are getting the most viewing each day. As the Fall term has recently started … Continue reading →

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A Statistics-centric curriculum

October 5, 2014
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A Statistics-centric curriculum

Calculus is the wrong summit of the pyramid. “The mathematics curriculum that we have is based on a foundation of arithmetic and algebra. And everything we learn after that is building up towards one subject. And at top of that … Continue reading →

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Sampling error and non-sampling error

September 3, 2014
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Sampling error and non-sampling error

The subject of statistics is rife with misleading terms. I have written about this before in such posts as Teaching Statistical Language and It is so random. But the terms sampling error and non-sampling error win the Dr Nic prize for … Continue reading →

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Teaching random variables and distributions

August 18, 2014
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Teaching random variables and distributions

Why do we teach about random variables, and why is it so difficult to understand? Probability and statistics go together pretty well and basic probability is included in most introductory statistics courses. Often maths teachers prefer the probability section as … Continue reading →

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