Saturday, July 25, 2009

General Statistics

Another in our growing collection of course profiles...

General Introductory Statistics
• General education math option
• 2 yr. & 4 yr. schools
• Many topics (data, graphs, metrics, probability, ...)
• Traditional Approach: Low-level skill & drill
• ASA: Literacy, real data, concepts, active

• Mathematicians: skills & drill
• Statisticians: conceptual (new direction)

• Variety of (non-math) majors (e.g. teachers, nurses, ...)
• Fear math
• Many need math remediation
• Don't expect to ever use statistics

Motivation (useful?)
Math remediation
Tension: Skills vs. Concepts

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