Ten simple rules for learning the language of statistics

Richardson, Alice M. and Dunn, Peter K. and Carey, Michael D. and McDonald, Christine (2016) Ten simple rules for learning the language of statistics. In: OZCOTS 2016: Satellite to ASC 2016 Australian Statistical Conference, 8-9 Dec 2016, Canberra, Australia.

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In this paper we propose ten simple ‘rules’ for guiding students’ learning of the language of statistics.
Learning any new subject brings with it the requirement to learn the language associated with that
subject. Students also bring with them varying understandings about the relationship between
statistics and mathematics. Many students expect the formality and precision of mathematics to
transfer to statistics, and are baffled to discover this is not the case.
The first four rules will guide instructors and learners around the landscape of tricky terms, from
general English to the English of mathematics, statistics and other disciplines. The remaining six
rules will establish some signposts along the way to assisting students to overcome the challenges of
the language of statistics. We acknowledge that there is no single route to enforce here, and that
management of expectations, embracing ambiguity in terminology, and reinforcement of new
language through writing and speaking all have a role to play in teaching and learning the language
of statistics.

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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2018 01:19
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2018 02:38
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/33598

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