This paper is from Session 5A: Evidence-based policy making
which comes under Topic 5: Statistics education in the disciplines and the workplace
(Monday 14th, 13:45-15:45)
Statistics education, collaborative research, and LISA 2020: a view from Nigeria
- Olushina Olawale Awe (Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria)
- Eric A Vance (Virginia Tech, United States)
Reforms in pedagogical techniques, collaborative research, and the improved use of information technology are strategies in teaching research-based statistics courses that have not yet been implemented in Nigeria. Based on results from empirical survey, we review the current level of awareness and challenges facing statistics education in Nigeria. One survey revealed that 69.4% of the respondents did not know statistics was a separate discipline from mathematics while 44.4% had never taken a statistics course. We discuss the challenges of collaborative research in Nigeria and introduce LISA 2020, a program to bridge the gap in statistics education between developed and developing countries by training statisticians from developing countries to become effective collaborative statisticians who can train other collaborative statisticians in the future.