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Presentation 5B3. Using Health Sciences Examples in the Basic Statistical Concepts Course

Dennis Pearl (USA)


Presentation Abstract

The introductory statistical concept course is typically taught to a diverse group of students from a wide variety of academic majors. The course goals are generally to create an understanding of statistical concepts along with a recognition of statistical issues that arise in media reports. Health Science examples are excellent for this purpose because they provide some of the clearest illustrations of key statistical concepts from using randomness in designing experiments, to understanding the question addressed by significance testing. Also, diverse student audiences are generally quick to understand the background of health science examples and see their relevance. An explicit test of the effectiveness of different topic areas of examples being conducted at The Ohio State University will be described.


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