This paper is from Session 2D: A perspective on statistics education from three different countries
which comes under Topic 2: Statistics education at the school level
Paper 2D2 (Monday 9th, 11:00-12:30)
A Workshop in Pakistan on Teaching Statistical Inference Through a Freely Available Online Software
- Saleha Naghmi Habibullah (Kinnaird College for Women, Pakistan)
Statistics-teaching in some of the developing countries is pretty theoretical making it difficult for students to grasp fundamental concepts of statistics. Whereas in the technologically advanced countries there is now great emphasis on computer-based simulations for facilitating understanding of key concepts, numerous academics in the developing world are still not using this approach due to lack of awareness as well as lack of resources. This paper reports on a workshop conducted in Pakistan using a freely available online software in order to introduce faculty-members of various universities and other higher education institutions to the simulation-based method of learning and teaching core concepts of statistical inference. Feedback from participants indicates that this method is not only very enjoyable but also very effective.