Teaching Statistical Thinking: Part 1 Descriptive Statistics

We prepare high school teachers for teaching descriptive statistics. Teachers will learn basic principles for summarizing data in meaningful ways. Satellite videos will discuss pedagogy and teach statistical software via examples spanning pop culture, sports, health and other topics suitable for high school classrooms.

About The Course

While the primary aim of this course is to prepare high school teachers for teaching descriptive statistics, this course will enable any global citizen to understand the basic descriptive statistics presented by the media from breakfast to bedtime. Descriptive statistics, as the name implies, refers to the describing or summarizing of a set of data using graphics and number summaries. This course covers descriptive statistics for a single variable and for the relationship between two variables. Core principle videos will cover the statistical content, while satellite videos will discuss pedagogy, teaching resources, and analyzing data using JMP software. These satellite videos will present concepts via examples spanning pop culture, sports, youth, and other topics suitable for high school classrooms.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I get a certificate after completing this class?

Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructors.

What are the prerequisite math skills for the course?

Basic algebra skills are assumed in this course.  You must be able to add, subtract, multiply, divide, use fractions, convert fractions to percentages, use exponents (square and square roots), graph points in two dimensions, and solve one equation with one unknown.  It is also helpful to know summation notation; however, this may be picked up as the course progresses.

What resources are needed for the course?

You will need to watch videos, so a device that can play an mp4 video is required.  For those planning to teach this material in their own classes, a computer will also be required.  The JMP statistical software is an integral part of the course, and once, enrolled, you will be given a coupon code that gives free access to the software for one year from the course start date.