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Activity Number: 313 - Teaching Statistical Communication
Type: Invited
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistics and Data Science Education
Abstract #320656
Title: Argument Scaffolding: A Template for Quick and Effective Communication
Author(s): Jonathan Auerbach* and Regina Nuzzo
Companies: George Mason University and Gallaudet University
Keywords: statistical communication; statistical writing; education

Writing is central to any career that includes the collection and analysis of scientific research—especially for a technical field like statistics where the details matter. But student statisticians often struggle to balance strong narratives that sustain interest with strong arguments that accurately portray the weight of the evidence. We propose the use of writing templates, which we call argument scaffolding, to help student writers consciously balance among these dual goals. Templates are used to help students construct their own arguments as well as analyze the arguments of others. We provide examples from American Statistical Association communications and our own teaching.

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