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Presentation 8A2. Using Short Stories to Teach Statistics

Livia M. D'Andrea (USA)
Charley Waters (USA)


Presentation Abstract
The Attitudes Toward Statistics (ATS) and the Statistical Anxiety Rating Scale (STARS) was given to 30 graduate students in an introductory statistics class. The course was taught using a series of short stories with on-going characters that solve everyday statistical problems. Problems such as predicting the best time of day to order a pizza, and evaluating means and standard deviations to decide on a spouse provide students with non-academic problems solved by characters they relate to. Pre and post-test differences suggest that the short-story format reduces students¹ anxiety about taking statistics, improves their attitude toward the subject, and makes statistics useful to use and fun to talk about.


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