Three Methods to Engage Students in the Introductory Statistics Course: Humor, Active Learning, and Relevant Examples
Proceedings of The Decision Sciences Institute Conference, Orlando, Fl., pp. 218-222, November 18-21, 2000
6 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2013
Date Written: November 18, 2000
This paper contends that the required introductory statistics course can be fun, interesting, and relevant. A search of the recent literature in the area points to three possible methods for accomplishing this: humor, active learning, and realistic and relevant examples. This paper provides illustrations of how to incorporate the three methods under study -- humor, active learning, and relevant examples -- into traditional introductory course of study. Finally, the authors' experiences with the use of these techniques and the results of a student survey are presented and discussed.
Keywords: statistics education, humor, active learning
JEL Classification: A22, C10, I10, I21, I29
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