This is a session of Topic 3: Statistics education at the post-secondary level Full topic list
(Monday 3rd, 16:00-18:00)
Statistics as a service subject in courses
AbstractThe techniques of statistics being so widely applicable, service subjects in statistics are widespread. They can be found in college and university courses from A to Z: for example in agriculture, business, dentistry, economics, engineering, medicine, psychology, sociology, and zoology.
Teachers of statistics service subjects are generally statistics specialists but their students do not intend to be statistics specialists. There is, thus, a built in propensity for teachers and students in these subjects to fail to engage with one another, both as to the significance of statistics to the students’ course majors and as to how much of the content of the service subject it is important for the students to understand in depth.
Clearly, then, successful service teaching of statistics presents the teacher with particular challenges. How these challenges can be met is the theme of this Session.