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Activity Number: 270
Type: Roundtables
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 : 7:00 AM to 8:15 AM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Education
Abstract - #308229
Title: Introducing Inference in Introductory Courses
Author(s): William Notz*+
Companies: Ohio State University
Keywords: introductory course ; inference

What is the best way to introduce inference? Some introductory textbooks begin with inference for means of normal populations with known variance. Others begin with inference for a single population proportion. Some recent textbooks begin with simulations and resampling methods.

This is not a new issue, but it resurfaced in early January 2013 in series of email exchanges between members of the ASA Section on Statistical Education. In this roundtable, I will attempt to summarize some of the literature on this topic, lead a discussion about the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches, and encourage participants to share their experiences. My goal is for participants to leave with a better understanding of the options available to instructors.

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