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Activity Number: 424 - SPEED: Statistical Education
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 : 3:05 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Education
Abstract #325244
Title: Reflections and Faculty Feedback on an Alternative Sequence for Teaching an Undergraduate Introductory Statistics Course
Author(s): Robert Pearson* and Phyllis Curtiss
Companies: Grand Valley State University and Grand Valley State University
Keywords: Education ; Undergraduate ; Pedagogy

In Fall of 2015, the introductory statistics course STA 215 was altered to follow an alternative sequence laid out by an e-book written by a pair of faculty members. The department offers nearly 60 sections per semester, each enrolling approximately 30 students. The primary distinguishing trait of the sequence is that each chapter, with the exception of the first, covers the analysis of one particular data situation, such as a single categorical variable. Each chapter begins with descriptive methods, ends with inference, and bridges the two with middle matter on "probabilistic reasoning." This talk will relate the first author's experience as an instructor teaching by this approach and will discuss descriptive and qualitative analysis of feedback from other instructors.

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