This is the program for the 2010 Joint Statistical Meetings in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Activity Number: 478
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 : 8:30 AM to 10:20 AM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Education
Abstract - #309147
Title: The Role of Statistics in Science and Everyday Life: A First-Year Seminar
Author(s): Jessica Chapman*+
Companies: St. Lawrence University
Address: 23 Romoda Dr., Canton, NY, 13617,
Keywords: Statistics Education ; Student Research Projects ; Introductory Statistics

First Year students at St. Lawrence University are required to take a course that teaches them basic research skills, such as developing a research question and finding and evaluating sources. The actual content of the course is up to the instructor, but typically these courses have themes in the humanities - my charge was to create one for students who interested in quantitative reasoning. The theme of my course was the role of statistics in science and everyday life. In this course we covered a variety of topics ranging from some of the history of statistics to current data-driven issues such as the global climate change debate. I'll describe some of the assignments and readings from the course, students' reactions to those assignments, and some of the research projects students produced. I'll also discuss how some assignments could be integrated into an introductory statistics course.

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