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1. Sinn, Robb., Spence, Dianna. and Briggs, Karen. "Authentic Discovery Experiences and Student-Centered Statistical Research Projects" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the The Mathematical Association of America MathFest, Omni William Penn, Pittsburgh, PA, Aug 05, 2010 <Not Available>. 2019-10-16 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Researchers and instructors share curriculum materials, teaching strategies, and student outcomes from the "Authentic Discovery" initiative for elementary statistics. Curriculum materials for Authentic Discovery were developed during a recent NSF-supported study and are available online. These materials were piloted in elementary statistics courses at a four-year college, a two-year college and in a high school Advanced Placement Statistics class. Authentic Discovery projects allow students to investigate a research question of their choosing and to experience several key phases of statistical research: Students identify research variables; define the research question; design and implement sampling strategies and data collection, often using survey-based methods; carry out appropriate statistical analyses on the data collected; write a formal report describing the methodology and the findings; and deliver an in-class presentation of their results. Projects focus on the scientific method, emphasizing the role of statistics in analyzing data. Inferential and descriptive statistics course topics are reinforced through project implementation, student reports, and presentations. Five instructors who participated in the study share how this instructional approach changed and improved their courses; included in the discussion are several of their students' research ideas and work samples. A brief summary will also be given of the research conducted to gauge the impact of the discovery projects on students' content knowledge and attitudes. URL's for all web-based instructional materials will be provided.

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