ERIC Number: ED453251
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-14
Some Pedagogical Tips for Teaching Statistics.
McMillan, James H.
Some suggestions are presented for teaching statistics. It is helpful to use a framework called backward instructional design, which consists of a series of steps that guide a teacher in constructing effective instruction. The first step in selecting the right pedagogy is to identify essential understandings and skills. Then, assessments that are the best measure of these understandings and skills need to be designed. Once these steps are completed, appropriate pedagogy to help students acquire and demonstrate their understanding and skills can be specified. A review of the literature yields some suggestions for college teaching that can be grouped in to categories of: (1) overcoming fear and anxiety; (2) lecturing creatively; (3) motivating students; and (4) using engaging discussions. Several other pedagogical tips are focused on getting students past four common roadblocks to learning statistics. The first goal is to gain students' attention. It is then necessary to establish a positive learning climate and then to foster deep understanding of essential ideas and principles. A final tip is to make effective use of technology. Sixteen threats to effective teaching are also identified. (Contains 11 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Seattle, WA, April 10-14, 2001).