Contributed Paper C212
A Shift In Teaching And Learning Introductory Statistics Courses At Masinde Muliro University Of Science & Technology
AuthorsAnnette Okoth (Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Kenya)
Zachariah Mbasu (African Maths Initiative, Kenya)
James Kaleli (Maseno University, Kenya)
PresenterAnnette Okoth (Kenya)
University education in Kenya provides limited meaningful learning experiences that can develop practical understanding and application of statistics concepts. Statistics courses are considered difficult by students as teaching is mainly abstract. Changing to a new paradigm where teaching and learning is done through computers and use of real data rather than theoretical mathematical methods could bear better results. We explore ways to improve learning and teaching introductory statistics courses at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology where students have an opportunity to connect theoretical concepts in statistics and practical application. In this paper we report findings from the study including student learning outcomes. We discuss how using real data, dynamic software like R-Instat, visualizations and real life examples makes statistical concepts clearer.