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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
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
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
slide12
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
slide14
MCQs
  • Introduced in last couple of years
  • Students generate MCQs
  • Posted on Blackboard
  • I provide feedback
  • Why?
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?
my advice
My Advice
  • BBWVPRL
  • Be patient
  • Be empathic
  • Work with your strengths
  • Variety
  • Prepare well
  • Reflect often
  • Look at resources available to you e.g. HEA Psychology Network
thank you
Thank you

Co-sponsored by:

Scottish Universities Psychology Postgraduates Research Training

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

Scotland

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