Design of a Statistics Lecture for Multidisciplinary Postgraduate Students Using a Range of Tools and Techniques.

Assi, S. and Haffar, M., 2016. Design of a Statistics Lecture for Multidisciplinary Postgraduate Students Using a Range of Tools and Techniques. WASET Educational and Pedagogical Sciences. (In Press)

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Abstract

Teaching statistics is a critical and challenging issue especially to students from multidisciplinary and diverse postgraduate backgrounds. Postgraduate research students require statistics not only for the design of experiments; but also for data analysis. Students often perceive statistics as a complex and technical subject; thus, they leave data analysis to the last moment. The lecture needs to be simple and inclusive at the same time to make it comprehendible and address the learning needs of each student. Therefore, the aim of this work was to design a simple and comprehendible statistics lecture to postgraduate research students regarding ‘Research plan, design and data collection’. The lecture adopted the constructive alignment learning theory which facilitated the learning environments for the students. The learning environment utilized a student-centered approach and used interactive learning environment with in-class discussion, handouts and electronic voting system handsets. For evaluation of the lecture, formative assessment was made with in-class discussions and poll questions which were introduced during and after the lecture. The whole approach showed to be effective in creating a learning environment to the students who were able to apply the concepts addressed to their individual research projects.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Teaching ; Statistics ; lecture ; multidisciplinary ; postgraduate ; learning theory ; learning environment ; student-centred approach ; data analysis
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:Faculty of Management
ID Code:24459
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:01 Aug 2016 14:43
Last Modified:21 Nov 2016 15:47

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