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Articles on Teaching Critical Thinking in Statistics

1.        David, Irene; Brown, Jennifer Ann. (2012) Beyond Statistical Methods: Teaching critical thinking to first-year university students.  International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology.  43(3), 1057-1065.  DOI: 10.1080/0020739X.2012.678901

 Discusses the changes made to a first-year statistics course allowing it to emphasize critical thinking, be more applicable to the variety of majors (beyond statistics) required to take it, and promote alternative resources for practical statistics (online tutorials, Excel, computer and web-based skills, etc.).

 2.       Derry, S. J., Levin, J.R., Osana, H.P., Jones, M.S., Peterson, M. (2002) Fostering students’ statistical and scientific thinking: Lessons learned from an innovative college course.  American Educational Research Journal. 37(3), 747-773.  DOI: 10.3102/00028312037003747

 Evaluates the effectiveness of an innovative statistics course intended to improve scientific and statistical reasoning of its students through quantitative and qualitative analyses.

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