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ERIC Number: ED393668
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 58
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Strategies for Developing and Delivering Effective Introductory-Level Statistics and Methodology Courses.
Giesbrecht, Norman
Though statistical literacy is an essential skill in modern society, students often approach statistics courses with apprehension and "mathophobia." Educators need to design and deliver statistics instruction so as to counter these anxieties and facilitate learning in concrete, experiential ways. This paper explores several key issues in statistical instruction: the need for statistical literacy, the current state of statistical education, course goals and objectives, expected student competencies, essential topics, instructional approaches, and the use of computers and expert systems. Instructional strategies that provide for an epistemological pluralism and accept the validity of multiple ways of knowing and thinking are recommended. Instructor qualifications and characteristics, "hands-on" learning activities, cooperative learning groups, student involvement in research activities, and alternate approaches to testing and assessment are presented as vehicles for accomplishing this objective. Tables in the appendix present research findings related to teaching techniques and essential topics in introductory-level statistics and research methods courses. Contains 67 references. (Author)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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