Contributed Paper C269
Introducing key statistical concepts to non-statistics students
PresenterSigal Levy (Israel)
The internalization of basic statistical terms is a crucial yet challenging issue in teaching statistics to non-statisticians. In our study, high school teachers that were participating in an academic statistics course were asked to define several key terms related to statistical inference (for example: parameter, rejection region etc.). The course lecturer (a statistics Professor) graded their answers. We found that high scores on questions related to defining specific parameters and hypotheses, given some theoretical research story, predicted overall high scores. We suggest that practical experience in collecting data in the classroom, interpreting it and comparing results across the class may help make these terms more intuitive. Additionally we hope to learn what terms and concepts can be included in curricula of high school mathematics programs.