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Teaching statistical consulting before statistical methodology

Taplin, R.H. (2003) Teaching statistical consulting before statistical methodology. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Statistics, 45 (2). pp. 141-152.

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This paper outlines and discusses the advantages of an ‘Introduction to Statistical Consulting’ course (ISC) that exposes students to statistical consulting early in their studies. The course is intended for students before, or while, they study their units in statistical techniques, and assumes only a first-year introductory statistics unit. The course exposes undergraduate students to the application of statistics and helps develop statistical thinking. An important goal is to introduce students to work as a statistician early in their studies because this motivates some students to study statistics further and provides a framework to motivate the learning of further statistical techniques. The ISC has proved popular with students, and this paper discusses the reasons for this popularity and the benefits of an ISC to statistical education and the statistics profession.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Inc.
Copyright: 2003 Australian Statistical Publishing Association Inc
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