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Students in the sciences, economics, psychology, social sciences, and medicine take introductory statistics. Statistics is increasingly offered at the high school level as well. However, statistics can be notoriously difficult to teach as it is seen by many students as difficult and boring, if not irrelevant to their subject of choice. To help dispel these misconceptions, Gelman and Nolan have put together this fascinating and thought-provoking book. Based on years
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Teaching Statistics: A Bag of Tricks

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Overview

Students in the sciences, economics, psychology, social sciences, and medicine take introductory statistics. Statistics is increasingly offered at the high school level as well. However, statistics can be notoriously difficult to teach as it is seen by many students as difficult and boring, if not irrelevant to their subject of choice. To help dispel these misconceptions, Gelman and Nolan have put together this fascinating and thought-provoking book. Based on years
of teaching experience the book provides a wealth of demonstrations, examples and projects that involve active student participation.

Part I of the book presents a large selection of activities for introductory statistics courses and combines chapters such as, 'First week of class', with exercises to break the ice and get students talking; then 'Descriptive statistics' , collecting and displaying data; then follows the traditional topics - linear regression, data collection, probability and inference. Part II gives tips on what does and what doesn't work in class: how to set up effective demonstrations and examples, how to
encourage students to participate in class and work effectively in group projects. A sample course plan is provided. Part III presents material for more advanced courses on topics such as decision theory, Bayesian statistics and sampling.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191606991
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 8/8/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,317,718
  • File size: 11 MB
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Columbia University

University of California

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
Pt. I Introductory Probability and Statistics
2 First week of class 11
3 Descriptive statistics 19
4 Linear regression and correlation 38
5 Data collection 48
6 Statistical literacy and the news media 76
7 Probability 103
8 Statistical inference 120
9 Multiple regression and nonlinear models 137
10 Lying with statistics 147
Pt. II Putting it all Together
11 How to do it 167
12 Structuring an introductory statistics course 189
Pt. III More Advanced Courses
13 Decision theory and Bayesian statistics 203
14 Student activities in survey sampling 222
15 Problems and projects in probability 237
16 Directed projects in a mathematical statistics course 254
Notes 265
References 277
Author Index 288
Subject Index 292
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