Using a problem-driven approach for teaching statistics at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences

Giorgi, Emanuele (2018) Using a problem-driven approach for teaching statistics at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences. In: ICOTS 10, 2018-07-082018-07-13, Kyoto TERRSA.

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Abstract

The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is a research and education institute with multiple centers across Africa that offers Master-level programmes in statistics and applied mathematics. In this paper, I first describe the teaching context and pedagogical objectives of AIMS. I then propose a problem-driven approach for teaching statistics which emphasizes the role of statistical inference as integral to scientific investigation. Finally, I illustrate a sample activity where a case study in public health is used to introduce geo-statistical modelling to students. I argue that the proposed approach helps students at AIMS to develop critical thinking skills and gain a deeper understanding of the links between statistical modelling and science.

Item Type:
Contribution to Conference (Paper)
Journal or Publication Title:
ICOTS 10
ID Code:
126605
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Deposited On:
22 Aug 2018 08:58
Refereed?:
Yes
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Published
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19 Sep 2020 00:46