Contributed Paper C215
Integrating collaboration, communication and problem solving to promote innovation in statistics education
AuthorsCarla Vivacqua (Brazil)
André Luís Pinho (Brazil)
Marcus Nunes (Brazil)
Eric Vance (USA)
PresenterCarla Vivacqua (Brazil)
As statistics educators, we need to prepare 21st century students for a global society. Besides a theoretical and methodological background in statistics, students need experience in collaboration, communication and problem solving to reach full potential. Statistical collaboration laboratories represent an effective approach to enhance acquisition of such knowledge and skills. Students work in interdisciplinary teams under proper supervision and have opportunity to interact with professionals from different fields to advance research and solve societal problems. They are encouraged to write reports and present results at conferences. Students feel motivated to learn statistical methods and to enhance their professional attitude. We propose that the curriculum includes activities within a statistical collaboration laboratory environment. Furthermore, a network of statistical laboratories provides an opportunity to exchange best practices.