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Activity Number: 182
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Monday, August 1, 2011 : 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Education
Abstract - #300805
Title: Making Statistics Memorable: New Mnemonics and Motivations
Author(s): Lawrence M. Lesser*+
Companies: The University of Texas at El Paso
Address: 500 W. University Avenue, El Paso, TX, 79968-0514,
Keywords: mnemonic ; memory ; language ; visual ; learning ; aesthetic

Mnemonics (memory aids) have the potential to decrease anxiety and increase recall. They may also serve as triggers for thinking routines (e.g., Pfannkuch, 2010) and increase cognitive resources available for more conceptual thinking called for by the Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education (ASA, 2010). While examples of mnemonics are familiar in mathematics (e.g., FOIL, PEMDAS, SOHCAHTOA), there appears to be far less awareness of mnemonics available for statistics class and the first paper on the topic appears to be only one year old (N. Hunt's 2010 paper in Teaching Statistics). This JSM paper discusses some examples from a longer 2011 paper by Lesser in Model Assisted Statistics and Applications. Examples vary in function (fact vs. process) and in form (letter-based, image, jingle). The functional and aesthetic qualities of the more creative and striking examples may help make statistics memorable in every sense.

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