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Teaching statistics: what I have learned (so far ). John Reidy Sheffield Hallam University [email protected] Co-sponsored by: Scottish Universities Psychology Postgraduates Research Training (S.U.P.PO.R.T . ). Scotland. Overview. About me Some activities What I do

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Teaching statistics what i have learned so far

Teaching statistics: what I have learned (so far)

John Reidy

Sheffield Hallam University

[email protected]

Co-sponsored by:

Scottish Universities Psychology Postgraduates Research Training

(S.U.P.PO.R.T.)

Scotland


Overview

Overview

  • About me

  • Some activities

  • What I do

  • Some more activities

  • Some advice


My background

My background

  • Degree from PEL

  • PhD from Birkbeck College 1994

  • Teaching at UEL (1995-1999)

    • Taught 1st & 2nd year stats / RM

    • Stats without maths

  • Teaching at Hallam since 1999

    • Teach stats /RM at all levels


Activity

Activity

  • Think about the way you were taught statistics / RM

    • What worked well for you & your peers?

    • What didn’t work?

  • Discuss for 10 minutes with people around you

  • Record you thoughts on sheets of paper


Feedback from the activity

Feedback from the activity


My own learning experience

My own learning experience

  • Felt confident

  • A-level maths

  • Hand calculations

  • No SPSS

  • Did well & enjoyed it

  • But didn’t have a deep understanding


Activity1

Activity

“If I had only one day left to live, I would live it in my statistics class:it would seem so much longer”

  • What are the major challenges in teaching statistics?

  • Discuss this for 10 mins


Feedback from the activity1

Feedback from the activity


Philosophy for my teaching of stats

Philosophy for my teaching of stats

  • No formulae

  • No hand calculations

  • Supportive

  • Active


What we do at hallam

What we do at Hallam

  • Spend time on the basics

  • Start with SPSS early

  • Assess use of SPSS

  • Peer review of laboratory reports

  • Lots of hands-on exercises

  • Provide links to other learning

  • Screencasts


Spend time on basics

Spend time on basics

  • A module devoted to descriptives

    • Including correlations

  • Thorough overview of NHST

    • Underlying concepts

    • Criticisms

  • Confidence intervals

  • Sampling error


Teaching statistics what i have learned so far

SPSS

  • The hardest thing for students

  • They struggle with this part of the course

  • We introduce SPSS in first week

  • Give them plenty of practice through exercises

  • Test them


Peer review

Peer review

  • Get them to look at each others reports

  • Provide feedback

  • The feedback is not the important bit though

  • Get’s them thinking critically about what is required in a report


Teaching statistics what i have learned so far

MCQs

  • Introduced in last couple of years

  • Students generate MCQs

  • Posted on Blackboard

  • I provide feedback

  • Why?


Examples

Examples


Links with other learning

Links with other learning

  • Ensure that the lab exercises link to learning in other modules

  • E.g. memory study carried out when they are covering memory in a cognitive module


Activity2

Activity

  • Discuss with those near you the techniques you have already used in teaching stats / RM

  • How well did these work do you think?


Feedback from the activity2

Feedback from the activity


My advice

My Advice

  • BBWVPRL

  • Be patient

  • Be empathic

  • Work with your strengths

  • Variety

  • Prepare well

  • Reflect often

  • Look at resources available to youe.g. HEA Psychology Network


Thank you

Thank you

  • Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions:

  • [email protected]

Co-sponsored by:

Scottish Universities Psychology Postgraduates Research Training

(S.U.P.PO.R.T.)

Scotland


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