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ERIC Number: ED506519
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
Reflection on Training, Experience, and Introductory Statistics: A Mini-Survey of Tertiary Level Statistics Instructors
Hassad, Rossi A.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the International Association for Statistical Education (IASE) International Conference on the Teaching of Statistics (ICOTS-7) (Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, 2006)
Instructors of statistics who teach non-statistics majors possess varied academic backgrounds, and hence it is reasonable to expect variability in their content knowledge, and pedagogical approach. The aim of this study was to determine the specific course(s) that contributed mostly to instructors' understanding of statistics. Courses reported were described as advanced or graduate level, and classified as application-based, math, multivariate, probability, and research. The majority, 9 (56%) attributed their understanding of statistics to either an application-based or research course, and of those, 7 (44%) reported negative feelings about their introductory courses. These findings underscore the importance of authentic activities, and constructivist pedagogy toward facilitating statistical literacy. Research is needed to determine the effect of instructors' academic preparation on their knowledge, attitudes, and practices. [This paper was published in: The Proceedings of ICOTS-7 (International Conference on the Teaching of Statistics). IASE (International Association for Statistical Education), 2006.]
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Adult Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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