Engaging and motivating students with authentic statistical projects in a capstone unit

Ayse Aysin Bilgin, Glenn Newbery, Peter Petocz

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    Students preparing for professional statistical work can benefit from experience with real statistical problems presented by real clients and requiring them to engage with the complete problem-solving process without the usual cues of ‘textbook’ examples. We have used such an approach in a capstone unit in statistical consulting, asking students to write about their learning experiences and to reflect on the ways in which such consultations helped them (or not) to
    develop their professional statistical skills. A content analysis of students’ comments focusing on engagement and motivation confirmed that students had generally positive views of their experience and found the approach engaging and motivating. On this basis, we recommend utilising real problems from real clients as a means of including authentic practice in a professional statistics degree, with consequent benefits for students’ engagement and motivation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAdvances in statistics education
    Subtitle of host publicationdevelopments, experiences and assessments. Proceedings of the Satellite conference of the International Association for Statistical Education
    EditorsM. A. Sorto
    Number of pages6
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    EventIASE 2015 Satellite Conference: Advances in statistics education: developments, experiences, and assessments - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Duration: 22 Jul 201524 Jul 2015


    ConferenceIASE 2015 Satellite Conference
    CityRio de Janeiro
    Internet address


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