Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 10:30am
School of Social and Behavioral Sciences Professor Dr. Rossi A. Hassad recently presented a paper at the American Statistical Association Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM 2016) in Chicago.
 
Hassad’s paper “Making Connections and Understanding Statistics: Students' Ratings of the Utility of Key Concepts in the Introductory Statistics Course,” explored which areas of statistics students find more useful for their educations. More meaningful and engaged learning could be developed by further research into how to develop the curriculum around what students find helpful for their educations and what concepts they need to explore more.
 
“According to the American Statistical Association, statistics is the fastest-growing STEM discipline, and as instructors we need to improve our pedagogy so that students can have a more pleasant experience with statistics, and pursue it beyond the introductory course,” noted Hassad. “At the introductory level, the emphasis should be more on concepts and applications rather than abstract calculations.  Indeed, this is the goal of the national reform movement for the teaching of statistics.”