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Incorporating ABS Activitie
Posted:
Jan 6, 1997 11:57 PM


Subject: Time:12:59 PM OFFICE MEMO Incorporating ABS Activities into a... Date:1/7/97
Recently Chuck Biehl wrote to the list asking about ABS activities. The following outline shows one way to fit Activity Based Statistics activities into an introductory statistics course for which the primary text is Moore and McCabe. This is based on my teaching of such a course last year.
I used "Getting to Know the Class" on the second day of the course. When we were in Chapter 1 of M/McC (describing distributions), I used "Matching Graphs to Variables" as an activity for reviewing how to read a histogram and think about how the shape of a histogram is related to features in the data. I could also have used "Matching Statistics to Graphs" here. After discussing boxplots I used the "Living Boxplot" activity.
When we were in Chapter 2 (relationships, correlation, regression) I used a versions of "Getting Rid of the Jitters," "Matching Descriptions to Scatterplots," and "The Regression Effect."
The "How to Ask Questions" activity fits with Chapter 3 (producing data). I used "Capture/Recapture" when discussing sampling and I used "Random Rectangles" to aid our discussion of bias.
Chapter 4 in M/McC deals with probability. Here I used "Dueling Dice." Once the class knew something about probability, I used "Randomized Response Sampling." I used "Spinning Pennies" to set up the idea of a sampling distribution and "Cents and the Central Limit Theorem" when we got to Chapter 5 (on the distribution of counts and of means from samples). I also used "The Central Limit Theorem and the Law of Large Numbers" here.
"What is a Confidence Interval Anyway" fits with an introduction to confidence intervals, which are covered in Chapter 6 in M/McC. I used "Introduction to Hypothesis Testing" when we started Chapter 7 (hypothesis testing).
Toward the end of the semester I used "Gummy Bears in Space" when we were discussing ANOVA.
Of course, there are many other choices of activities that one could make. I would have used more activities, but I only had 13 weeks for the course. I hope these comments help.
Jeff Witmer Oberlin College Claimer: I am one of the authors of ABS, so my comments should not be taken as those of an impartial observer.



