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Activity Number: 127 - Understanding Statistics for Good: Integrating Service Learning into Statistics Education
Type: Topic Contributed
Date/Time: Monday, August 3, 2020 : 1:00 PM to 2:50 PM
Sponsor: ASA-MAA Joint Committee on Undergraduate Statistics
Abstract #313414
Title: Doing Social Justice: Turning Talk into Action in a Statistics Service-Learning Course
Author(s): Alana Unfried*
Companies: California State University, Monterey Bay
Keywords: statistics education; social justice; service learning; community partnerships; consulting

The increasing prevalence of data in society is complicated by the misuse of statistics for supporting erroneous claims. Many students today doubt data-driven information and their ability to use statistics for good in such an environment. I will discuss a statistical service learning course at California State University, Monterey Bay, in which students tackle these illusions not only in class, but with real community partners. The course integrates service learning and statistical consulting as students serve as consultants for local nonprofits and schools. In support of the consulting work, students learn how statistics can be leveraged to promote social justice and enact positive change in society; but rather than just learn about this in the classroom setting, students are given the opportunity to enact what they learn the same semester. I will include details on creating effective service learning partnerships and projects, classroom components that support the projects, how social justice is integrated into the classroom, and student feedback on the course. Attendees will leave with ideas about how to adapt components of the course for their own classrooms.

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