ERIC Number: ED380472
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Teaching Statistics to the Brightest of Other Disciplines.
Students pursuing master's and doctoral degrees in disciplines other than statistics are required to take applied courses in descriptive and inferential statistics. These students are the brightest in their disciplines but lack mathematical background. Most are older, mature, working professionals who want the best out of these courses. Yet, they do not have more than six credit hours to spare for statistics. These nontraditional students may occupy important career positions after graduation and are likely to use statistics to make advances in their own professions. Although this group of students is the best resource available to promote statistics and its applications across other disciplines, educators are least concerned about their needs. Teaching these students is a great challenge that demands the best of the instructor. The issues and concerns that face educators in teaching nontraditional students are raised. Some of the challenges discussed include assessing students' needs, lowering their anxiety, selection of appropriate teaching strategy, content delivery, integration of technology with instruction, and finding examples to which students can relate. (Contains 2 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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