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A Guide to Teaching Statistics: Innovations and Best Practices

ISBN: 978-1-4443-0524-1
280 pages
January 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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A Guide to Teaching Statistics: Innovations and Best Practices addresses the critical aspects of teaching statistics to undergraduate students, acting as an invaluable tool for both novice and seasoned teachers of statistics.
  • Guidance on textbook selection, syllabus construction, and course outline
  • Classroom exercises, computer applications, and Internet resources designed to promote active learning
  • Tips for incorporating real data into course content
  • Recommendations on integrating ethics and diversity topics into statistics education
  • Strategies to assess student's statistical literacy, thinking, and reasoning skills
  • Additional material online at www.teachstats.org
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Series Editors’ Preface.

Preface.

Part I Course Preparation.

1 Teaching Statistics: A Beginning.

So Why Teach Statistics?

Historical Pedagogical Controversies.

Who should teach statistics?

Statistics labs and related technology.

Content of statistics courses.

Statistics in Relation to the Discipline.

Sequence of the Class and Topics.

Introducing Research Methods within the Context of Statistics.

Student Populations.

Mathematical ability.

Cognitive ability and learning styles.

Self-efficacy and motivation.

Gender.

Helping Your Students Survive Statistics.

Conclusion.

2 Nuts and Bolts of Teaching Statistics.

Syllabus Construction.

Textbook Selection.

Conceptual orientation.

Level of difficulty.

Chapter topics and organization.

Core formulas and vocabulary.

Type of data sets/quality of the exercises.

Traditional Versus Electronic Textbooks.

Supplemental Materials.

Study guides.

Companion Web sites.

Computer tutorials.

Electronic Discussion Boards.

Multimedia Tools.

Presentation technology.

Interactive applications: Java applets, Flash, Shockwave, and HTML.

Multimedia simulation programs.

Conclusion.

Part II Theoretical and Pedagogical Concerns.

3 Educational Reform in Statistics.

Educational Reform.

Statistically Educated Students.

Statistical Literacy.

Knowledge elements.

Dispositional elements.

Statistical Thinking.

Statistical Reasoning.

Misconceptions Impacting the Development of Literacy, Thinking, and Reasoning.

Final Thoughts on Statistical Literacy, Thinking, and Reasoning.

Assessment.

What is the role of assessment?

What is the role of authentic assessment?

Assessment and learning outcomes or goals.

Conclusion.

4 In the Classroom.

Conceptual Learning, Active Learning, and Real Data.

Conceptual learning versus rote memorization.

Active learning.

Real data.

Instructional Techniques.

Lecture.

The use of questions.

Practice problems and examples.

Journal assignments.

Activities and demonstrations.

Writing assignments.

Concept maps.

Cooperative learning.

Projects.

Assessment.

Principles of effective assessment.

Mastery learning.

Confronting Fear and Anxiety.

Conclusion.

Part III Teaching Specific Statistical Concepts.

5 Descriptive Statistics and Bivariate Distributions.

Graphing Data.

The use of graphs in science.

Elements of good design.

Human graphical perception.

Available graphing methods.

Software design.

Normal Distribution.

Measures of Central Tendency.

Measures of Variability.

Correlation.

Simple Linear Regression.

Computer Applications.

Conclusion.

6 Teaching Hypothesis Testing.

Samples, Sampling Distributions, and the Central Limit Theorem.

Confidence Intervals.

Introduction to Null Hypothesis Testing.

Additional Introduction to Hypothesis Testing Concepts.

Power.

Effect sizes.

Type I and Type II errors.

Analysis of Variance.

Introduction to ANOVA.

Violating ANOVA assumptions.

Factorial ANOVA.

General linear model.

The Debate Surrounding Null Hypothesis Significance Testing.

Nonparametric Statistics.

Computer Applications.

Conclusion.

Part IV Advanced Topics and Approaches.

7 Data Analysis in Statistical Education.

Teaching with Statistical Software Tools.

Data Analysis Packages.

SPSS.

Microsoft Excel.

Other commercial data analysis programs.

Comparing data analysis programs.

Data Analysis Software Textbooks.

Using Data Sets in the Classroom.

Artificial data sets for the classroom.

Reality-based data sets.

Finding appropriate reality-based data sets.

Drawbacks to using real data sets.

Conclusion.

8 Endings and Beginnings.

Multivariate Statistics.

Multiple regression.

Logistic regression.

Additional multivariate techniques.

Special Topics.

Ethics.

Diversity.

Online Statistical Education.

Finishing up Any Statistics Course.

Final Thoughts.

References.

Index.

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Michael R. Hulsizer is Associate Professor of Experimental Psychology at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he was honored with the prestigious William T. Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching (2002). He has attended numerous National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology conferences and has won awards for posters presented at the conference. Michael has coauthored several teaching resources available at the Office of Teaching Resources in Psychology – Online. In addition, he recently contributed a chapter with Linda on incorporating diversity into research methods for Best Practices for Teaching Statistics and Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences. Michael has also authored articles on mass violence, hate groups, and interpersonal aggression.

Linda M. Woolf is Professor of Experimental and Peace Psychology at Webster University. Linda is the recipient of several teaching awards including the 1988 Early Career Award from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (Division 2, APA), Emerson Electric Excellence in Teaching Award (1990, 2000), and William T. Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching (2000). She has authored numerous curriculum resources, book chapters, and journal articles concerning international psychology, peace psychology, mass violence, human rights, and research methods. Linda is Past-President of the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence (Division 48, APA) and former Secretary and Newsletter Editor for the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.

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  • Guidance on textbook selection, syllabus construction, and course outline
  • Classroom exercises, computer applications, and Internet resources designed to promote active learning
  • Tips for incorporating real data into course content
  • Recommendations on integrating ethics and diversity topics into statistics education
  • Strategies to assess student's statistical literacy, thinking, and reasoning skills
  • Additional material online at www.teachstats.org
See More
"In the book the reader will not find a collection of statistical tables or formulae but a rich collection of references on teaching of statistics in several fields, e.g. psychology, social sciences, health sciences, education." (Zentralblatt MATH, 2010)

"It’s a heartfelt pleasure to recommend this book. It’s packed with useful information on texts, assignments, demonstrations, means of assessment, and technologies relevant to the teaching of statistics, and it’s also the most stimulating and thoughtful scholarly treatment of the teaching of statistics I have ever seen."
Neil Lutsky, Carleton College

"In Teaching Statistics, Hulsizer and Woolf provide a well organized and clear presentation of the important issues that face teachers at all levels, from basic to advanced. The coverage is complete and the material presented is based on the results of empirical studies as well as the authors own experiences. Especially for new teachers, the book will be an important tool to help them find their teacher's voice."
Neil Salkind, Professor Emeritus, University of Kansas

"Michael Hulsizer and Linda Woolf have put together a clearly written guide to teaching statistics that is based on a comprehensive review of literature in statistics education. Although the book is oriented toward teaching statistics in psychology departments, anyone who teaches statistics will benefit from this book, especially those new to the endeavor. The book is full of well-researched advice and guidance on teaching statistics that reflects current recommendations from the statistics education reform movement, as well as sound principles for instruction gleaned from the learning and cognition research literature. It will have a prominent place among my teaching resources."
Bob delMas, University of Minnesota

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