|Susan Starkings (UK)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|There are many ways of teaching students
to use statistics and all of these methods have their own relative advantages
and disadvantages. The use of projects to enhance learning is one of the
most effective methods to use. Students during the project duration need
appropriate support for the maximum benefit from the project to be obtained.
Many countries have successfully implemented statistical project work into
their education programmes. The experience gained by students and teachers
involved with the projects, has been of enormous benefit to statistical
education in these countries. Examples of how statistical projects have
been implemented are to be elucidated. Statistics lends itself to the practical
aspects of life and enables students to come into contact with real data,
often for the first time in their studies. Data can be usefully employed
to engage students in meaningful debate about, for example, the environment
and what statistics should be use to emphasise the salient points being
made. Project work brings together many facets of education, statistics
being one of them. The author will delve into the statistics used within
project work and how this could enhance the statistical curriculum.
The aim of this paper is threefold namely (1) to identify examples of good practice that have been used in other countries, (2) the pedagogic issues that enhance the learning of statistics, and (3) to review and assess the importance of project work for statistical education within educational establishments.
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