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Introducing non-traditional mathematics into the classroom: Statistics

1 July 1990


This paper presents a seven-point plan for introducing statistics and probability into the classroom. The paper discusses how the call for teaching statistics in high school is a steadily growing movement. The author then reviews literature that shows teaching statistics is important for both societal and mathematical reasons. Teaching methods are discussed. Presentations must engage students, and involve both humor and communication. Discussion is important, as the goal of teaching statistics is to develop statistical thinking. Group activities offer a high degree of engagement, and match students I strengths in groups. Computer activities are important both because statistics are in practice performed on computer, and because computers allow a wide range of activities in short periods of time. Games provide the students entertaining, engaging examples of the mathematics at work. The author draws upon these techniques, and topics drawn from state curriculum guides, to develop a seven-point plan for introducing statistics and probability in the classroom.


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