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

Contributed Paper C263


Modeling First: A Modeling Approach To Teaching Introductory Statistics


James Stigler (United States)
Ji Son (United States)


James Stigler (United States)


Students of introductory statistics gain some knowledge of a large assortment of concepts and statistical tests, yet often fail to comprehend the core concepts that link these concepts and procedures together. In order to give students a more coherent view of the field, and thus a more flexible understanding of statistics that can be applied appropriately across a number of situations, we set out to teach the introductory course as modeling, subjugating all other concepts and skills to the General Linear Model. In this paper we report on the design of the course, and on our initial experiences in trying to implement the course with students.