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

Contributed Paper C267


Statistics in Practice: Making of Professional Statisticians in a Classroom


Dilhari Attygalle (Sri Lanka)
Asoka Ramanayake (Sri Lanka)


Dilhari Attygalle (Sri Lanka)


This paper discusses our classroom experience in teaching “Statistics in Practice” – a third year course where students learn actively by changing their role to be a reporter, a data integrator, a statistician, and a statistical consultant, within the 15 week semester. As required for the course, the students prepared a newspaper article on the issue of graduate employability based on census data gathered; they collated and prepared complicated data sets to be ready for analysis; were consultants to a client solving their business problem related to lower revenues in retail sales; the students helped conduct a large survey for the education sector. This novel learning approach created an elevated student centered learning environment that will pave the way for them to become professional statisticians.