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Presentation 8E4. Pedagogic Issues Required for Successful Statistical Project Competitions to be Implemented

Susan Starkings (UK)


Presentation Abstract
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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