This is a session of Topic 3: Statistics education at the post-secondary level Full topic list
(Tuesday 4th, 10:30-12:30)
Panel debate on teaching Statistics in context
There are two trade-offs within the world of data based scientific research. One is between a teacher-centred approach which transmits knowledge and a student-centred approach which may facilitate learning within a research design context. A second trade-off is between learning research skills and transmitting or teaching statistics. This session will take the form of a debate with audience participation over the teaching of statistics in context. It will involve four panelists, all experienced teachers of statistics, who will debate the two positions:
- The ‘Statistics Teacher’ is an obsolete phenomenon and will be replaced by the ‘Research Facilitator’
- Learning research skills is more effective than learning statistics in a classical service course.
At stages during the presentations the audience will vote on the pro’s and con’s of the persuasiveness of the arguments in what promises to be a lively, interesting and controversial exchange.