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This paper is from Session 5F: Statistics in sport
which comes under Topic 5: Statistics education and the wider society             Full topic list

(Tuesday 4th, 14:00-15:30)

Teaching an introductory statistics class based on sports examples



We discuss our initial experience with offering a version of our standard introductory statistics course that focused primarily on sports related examples, rather than a more traditional selection of applications. This special sports section was offered in parallel with a regular section, covering the same statistical topics, with the same instructor, at the same pace. We examine how the students enrolling in the sports section might differ from the regular, illustrate how we converted material from the regular section to the sports equivalent, compare the performance of students between the two sections and reflect on the effectiveness of the sports-based approach.