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Abstract #302830

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Activity Number: 71
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Sunday, August 7, 2005 : 4:00 PM to 5:50 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Education
Abstract - #302830
Title: Getting Students Involved in Learning Introductory Statistics in a Large Lecture Setting
Author(s): Jackie Miller*+
Companies: The Ohio State University
Address: 404 Cockins Hall, Columbus, OH, 43210, United States
Keywords: education ; lecture ; introductory statistics
Abstract:

Students taking introductory statistics courses as a general education requirement typically do not list the course as a course they would choose to take. Many students feel resentment about "wasting their time and money" on a class they couldn't care less about. These same students don't realize we have a tremendous product to offer them, one that will permeate their lives. Getting students involved and invested in their own learning when the course is a large lecture is particularly difficult. This two-quarter study examined ways to get students involved in the lecture. The first quarter, students were invited to share ideas about why they did (and did not) attend lecture and how they could be more involved in the lecture. During the second quarter, the lecture was adjusted with the students' ideas and the statistics education literature taken into consideration. Data were collected during both quarters using a modified SATS survey and interviews were done with several students each quarter. The results of the study were surprising to the researcher and raise more questions than answers.


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