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Autin, Melanie A.; Gerstenschlager, Natasha E. – Teaching Statistics: An International Journal for Teachers, 2019

The negative hypergeometric distribution is often not formally studied in secondary or collegiate statistics in contexts other than drawing cards without replacement. We present a different context with the potential of engaging students in simulating and exploring data.

Descriptors: Statistics, Teaching Methods, Simulation, Educational Games

White, Simon R.; Bonnett, Laura J. – Teaching Statistics: An International Journal for Teachers, 2019

The statistical concept of sampling is often given little direct attention, typically reduced to the mantra "take a random sample". This low resource and adaptable activity demonstrates sampling and explores issues that arise due to biased sampling.

Descriptors: Statistical Bias, Sampling, Statistical Analysis, Learning Activities

Meyer, Joerg – Teaching Statistics: An International Journal for Teachers, 2019

A formula is derived for a 'two-dice horse race', in which two ordinary dice are thrown repeatedly and each time the sum of the scores determines which horse (numbered 2 to 12) moves forward one space. This paper answers a question posed in a former "Teaching Statistics" article, and demonstrates the value of simulation.

Descriptors: Statistics, Probability, Mathematical Formulas, Educational Games

Miranda Freire, Sergio – Teaching Statistics: An International Journal for Teachers, 2019

The transition from the probability mass function for discrete random variables to the probability density function for continuous random variables is not straightforward, especially to students from the health and social sciences. An R Shiny application was created to assist the learning process of probability density function.

Descriptors: Probability, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Visualization

Lyford, Alexander; Rahr, Thomas; Chen, Tina; Kovach, Benjamin – Teaching Statistics: An International Journal for Teachers, 2019

There is much debate about the place of probability in an introductory statistics course. While students may or may not use probability distributions in their post-collegiate lives, they will likely be faced with day-to-day decisions that require a probabilistic assessment of risk and reward. This paper describes an innovative way to teach…

Descriptors: Probability, Teaching Methods, Statistics, Educational Games

Roy, Sudipta – Teaching Statistics: An International Journal for Teachers, 2019

The natural experiment proposed in this article extracts three stories from boxes of "100 paper clips". The activity requires students to apply three lessons from inferential statistics, starting with a hypothesis test and including confidence intervals as well as tolerance intervals.

Descriptors: Statistical Inference, Probability, Teaching Methods, Hypothesis Testing

Jones, Rhys C. – Teaching Statistics: An International Journal for Teachers, 2019

The use of statistical investigations as a teaching strategy have been shown to both motivate and engage students. The implementation of a statistical investigation to measure intelligence is described, covering core statistical principles and key elements of research design.

Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Intelligence, Creativity, Statistics

Yang, Shitao; Black, Ken – Teaching Statistics: An International Journal for Teachers, 2019

Summary Employing a Wald confidence interval to test hypotheses about population proportions could lead to an increase in Type I or Type II errors unless the hypothesized value, p0, is used in computing its standard error rather than the sample proportion. Whereas the Wald confidence interval to estimate a population proportion uses the sample…

Descriptors: Error Patterns, Evaluation Methods, Error of Measurement, Measurement Techniques

McCune, David; Tunstall, Samuel Luke – Teaching Statistics: An International Journal for Teachers, 2019

This paper describes a lesson centered around a metric for measuring partisan gerrymandering: the efficiency gap. We situate the efficiency gap in the current US political climate, describe the activity itself, and then provide recommendations for readers interested in adapting the lesson for their own classrooms.

Descriptors: Democracy, Voting, Efficiency, Lesson Plans

Arnholt, Suzanne Ruth – Teaching Statistics: An International Journal for Teachers, 2019

This article provides a suggestion for encouraging an appropriate level of participation from all students in a small class or tutorial discussion.

Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Student Participation, Small Classes, Statistics

Engledowl, Christopher – Teaching Statistics: An International Journal for Teachers, 2019

Heat maps have become ubiquitous in the media, yet students are rarely exposed to them and their inherent limitations and potential for misleading consumers. This article makes a case for exposing students to them in statistics instruction at the secondary and tertiary level.

Descriptors: Secondary Education, Statistics, Secondary School Students, Teaching Methods

Croucher, John S. – Teaching Statistics: An International Journal for Teachers, 2019

The use of real contexts and history in the teaching of statistical principles holds much attraction in the classroom. This is especially so when the examples used are in situations that are quite out of the ordinary but can lead to further investigation by the students. Previous instances of these have been used with great effect with sporting…

Descriptors: Statistics, Teaching Methods, Crime, Regression (Statistics)

Groth, Randall E.; Austin, Jathan W.; Naumann, Madeline; Rickards, Megan – Teaching Statistics: An International Journal for Teachers, 2019

We describe how we used puppets as tools to draw 9 to 10-year-old students into conversations about probability. Puppets supported classroom discourse by putting forth probabilistic arguments for critique, introducing extreme and unusual examples of concepts, and introducing an element of surprise.

Descriptors: Probability, Statistics, Puppetry, Teaching Methods

Casas-Rosal, José Carlos; Caridad y Ocerín, José María; Núñez-Tabales, Julia M.; León-Mantero, Carmen – Teaching Statistics: An International Journal for Teachers, 2019

This paper presents the operation of the educational software, Real Estate Data Analyzer, to teachers and future teachers. It is a specific software that allows students carry out complete statistical analysis projects on the characteristics of the buildings that surround them.

Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, Computer Software, Teaching Methods, Real Estate

Meyer, Joerg M. – Teaching Statistics: An International Journal for Teachers, 2018

The contrary of stochastic independence splits up into two cases: pairs of events being favourable or being unfavourable. Examples show that both notions have quite unexpected properties, some of them being opposite to intuition. For example, transitivity does not hold. Stochastic dependence is also useful to explain cases of Simpson's paradox.

Descriptors: Intuition, Probability, Randomized Controlled Trials, Statistical Analysis