This paper is from Session 5G: Designing Collaborative and Tailored Training in Statistics and Data Science
which comes under Topic 5: Statistics education in the workplace, government and across disciplines
Paper 5G1 (Thursday 12th, 16:00-17:30)
Statistics education within research methods teaching
- Shirley Coleman (Newcastle University, United Kingdom)
Business Management Masters’ students require courses in research methods to help them in their future careers and for the immediate task of carrying out research for their dissertation. The students often have limited statistical and numeracy skills and are wary of evidence based projects preferring desk based research or case studies. However those who do collect primary or secondary data gain considerably in depth of understanding of the subject matter and acquire confidence in collecting and extracting meaning from data. Statistics education is made more business oriented by using real-life data. Reviewing real research projects shows statistics in context. Exploring relevant open data encourages students to think creatively and instils confidence in carrying out practical data analysis thereby increasing their employability.