Electronic Proceedings of the Seventh Annual International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics
Orlando, Florida, November 17-20, 1994
Teaching Statistics to Students with Limited Language Skill Using MINITAB
Teikyo Loretto Heights University
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Denver, CO 80236
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Many statistical software made student easy in obtaining a statistic they want.
Whenever we, instructors, introduce a new statistic we give a definition of the
statistic and explanation of the meaning of the statistics but many times we
find that students do not grasp the meaning of that statistic and they just get
what the computer gives without full understanding of what they are getting.
This is even more popular case when they have limited language skill such as
for foreign students. From my experience of teaching classes of mostly
Japanese students teaching them how to get the statistic we want using MINITAB
but not by using simple command, but ny using 'let' command step by step was
found to be very useful. They are to compare their answer to the one by a
simple command. After they practiced few times then they they can get the
statistic by a simple command. Exercising both ways helped students understand
what they are getting step by step so it was easier to get the meaning of it.
Here is an example of a statistic - 'standard deviation'.
Keyword(s): pedagogy, statistics, Minitab