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Activity Number: 213 - Training Statisticians to Be Effective Instructors
Type: Invited
Date/Time: Monday, July 31, 2017 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Education
Abstract #321966
Title: Training Statisticians to Be Effective Instructors
Author(s): Meghan Short* and Jennifer Kaplan* and Patricia Buchanan* and Paul Stephenson* and Adam Loy*
Companies: Boston University and University of Georgia and Penn State University and Grand Valley State University and Lawrence University
Keywords: teaching ; education ; graduate students ; training ; pedagogy

As statistics becomes more essential, more undergraduate students are taking statistics classes. The future of a statistically educated public relies on building and sustaining the capacity of such people to teach the growing number of students at diverse institutions. Many statistics and biostatistics PhD programs emphasize training in research, but fail to emphasize training in pedagogy. Pedagogical training and experience is often limited to having graduate students participating as teaching assistants or graders. When graduate students are given the opportunity to teach a course, they may receive little or no guidance. This limited training puts graduate students at a disadvantage in the job market. Training graduate students to teach provides them with skills in public speaking and communication, people management, and time management.

This panel will address such issues in a discussion of the development of pedagogical training programs for graduate students in statistics/biostatistics programs. Should all doctoral students be required to participate, or only those who are interested in teaching? What type of activities should be involved?

Authors who are presenting talks have a * after their name.

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