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

Contributed Paper C240

In session C8B  (Wednesday 11th, 11:00-12:30,   Level 3 - Conference Room A)

Diversity-Related Projects in an Introductory Statistics Course


Kirsten Doehler (Elon University, USA)
Laura Taylor (Elon University, USA)


Kirsten Doehler (United States)


This paper discusses a diversity-related introductory statistics project where students are provided data on individuals who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, also known as food stamps. The multi-part project included two written reports and a presentation. Students analyzed the SNAP data to explore multiple demographic and inferential questions. After analyzing the data and investigating articles about food insecurity, each group developed a meal plan based on the budget of SNAP recipients to help foster empathy. Students presented their analyses and meal planning portions of their project. The focus of this paper is to provide details about the project. Additionally, the authors discuss various goals of the project, which include helping some students understand challenges faced by individuals from a low socioeconomic status.

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