Using fun in the statistics classroom: An exploratory study of college instructors' hesitations and motivations

Lawrence M. Lesser, Amitra A. Wall, Robert H. Carver, Dennis K. Pearl, Nadia Martin, Shonda Kuiper, Michael A. Posner, Patricia Erickson, Shu Min Liao, Jim Albert, John J. Weber

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Abstract

This study examines statistics instructors' use of fun as well as their motivations, hesitations, and awareness of resources. In 2011, a survey was administered to attendees at a national statistics education conference, and follow-up qualitative interviews were conducted with 16 of those (N = 249) surveyed to provide further context for interpreting the quantitative results. Motivations were similar for men and women, but female instructors admitted more hesitations in many areas. While many instructors are using or are open to using fun in the statistics classroom, the findings suggest that not having available resources at hand and not being aware of resources such as the CAUSEweb collection are major hesitations. Methods of alleviating hesitations are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Statistics Education
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Education
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty

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    Lesser, L. M., Wall, A. A., Carver, R. H., Pearl, D. K., Martin, N., Kuiper, S., Posner, M. A., Erickson, P., Liao, S. M., Albert, J., & Weber, J. J. (2013). Using fun in the statistics classroom: An exploratory study of college instructors' hesitations and motivations. Journal of Statistics Education, 21(1). https://doi.org/10.1080/10691898.2013.11889659