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ERIC Number: EJ851662
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Nov
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 70
ISSN: ISSN-1069-1898
Ethical Statistics and Statistical Ethics: Making an Interdisciplinary Module
Lesser, Lawrence M.; Nordenhaug, Erik
Journal of Statistics Education, v12 n3 Nov 2004
This article describes an innovative curriculum module the first author created on the two-way exchange between statistics and applied ethics. The module, having no particular mathematical prerequisites beyond high school algebra, is part of an undergraduate interdisciplinary ethics course which begins with a 3-week introduction to basic applied ethics taught by a philosophy professor (the second author), and continues with 3-week modules from professors in various other disciplines. The first author's module's emphasis on conceptual and critical thinking makes it easily adaptable to service-level courses as well as readily expandable for more mathematically sophisticated audiences. Through in-class explorations and discussions, the module made connections to contemporary topics such as the death penalty, equal pay for equal work, and profiling. This article shares examples, resources, strategies and lessons learned for instructors wishing to develop their own modules of various lengths. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A