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Activity Number: 611
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Thursday, August 2, 2012 : 8:30 AM to 10:20 AM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Education
Abstract - #304010
Title: Bringing Data to Life Into an Introductory Statistics Course with Gapminder
Author(s): Dai-trang Le*+
Companies: Iowa State University
Address: 169 University Village, Ames, IA, 50010-8805, United States
Keywords: Visualizing Data ; Gapminder ; Teaching Statistics ; interactive ; education ; mixed methods
Abstract:

We present findings from our study on using the animation and interactive software, Gapminder, to "Bring Data to Life into an Introductory Statistics Course". Utilizing mixed methods case study, we investigated the benefits of using Gapminder to enhance student learning experience in statistics. Results indicate that Gapminder helps stimulate students' interest and improve their engagement in learning statistics. Moreover, Gapminder arouses students' natural curiosity about the world development, raises awareness of data, and promotes the use of statistics to understand the world.


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