ERIC Number: ED473611
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
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Teaching Introductory Statistics: Some Things I Have Learned.
Kirk, Roger E.
Most college students who major in psychology are required to take an introductory statistics course. This course requirement often elicits anxiety because students believe that statistics is a difficult subject, involves lots of math, and is not relevant to their career goals. The first perception is accurate. Statistics is a demanding subject. However, the other two perceptions are not true: the required mathematics is quite basic, and statistics is an indispensable tool for understanding psychological knowledge. A number of proven teaching techniques are described for changing students incorrect perceptions about statistics. Also discussed are teaching techniques fro reducing test anxiety, increasing student-teacher interaction, reducing rote memorization, getting students to read assignments on time, and promoting frequent reviews that lead to better long term retention. (Author)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association (110th, Chicago, IL, August 22-25, 2002).