Instituting Statistics Reform

Charles P. Armstrong, Ph.D.
Professor of Management Science
and Information Systems
The University of Rhode Island
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ABSTRACT

Although statistics reform is in its early stages, the need for change is pressing. If anything, the problem is worse in statistics than it ever was in calculus. Each year about half a million students are required to take one or two courses in statistics. (This is about the same number of students who are taking business or engineering calculus.) Students studying statistics are confused and terrified. The calculus reform movement provides a good model for changing statistics. Statistics reform can borrow the knowledge of the calculus and the philosophy of the calculus reform.


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