10th International
Conference on
Teaching Statistics
8 – 13 July 2018
Kyoto, Japan
Contributed paper list

Contributed Paper C169


Finding meaning in a multivariable world: A conceptual approach to an algebra-based second course in statistics


Karen McGaughey (USA)
Beth Chance (USA)
Nathan Tintle (USA)
Soma Roy (USA)
Todd Swanson (USA)
Jill VanderStoep (USA)


Karen McGaughey (United States)


While the teaching of the first course in statistics has improved dramatically in recent years, there has been less focus on a similarly conceptual-based second course aimed at non-majors. We present a curriculum for the second course, designed to expand statistical literacy across disciplines, which focuses on conceptual understanding of multivariable relationships through data visualization, study design, the role of confounding variables, reduction of unexplained variation, and simulation-based inference, rather than the mathematically based discourse often used in the second course. Our curriculum uses a student-centered pedagogical approach, utilizing guided-discovery activities based on real-world case studies, facilitated by student-focused technology tools. Highlights of the curriculum, the development process, initial thoughts from the developers and pilot testers, and feedback from students will be shared.